Rose's Double Sends UNCW Past NU
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
BOSTON, Massachusetts - Senior Stephanie Rose scored twice in the second half to break a 2-all tie and lead UNCW to a 4-2 victory over Northeastern in Colonial Athletic Association women's soccer action Sunday at Parsons Field.
The Seahawks improved to 6-4-1 overall and leveled their league mark at 1-1. The Huskies moved to 3-7-0 on the season and 1-1-0 in conference play with the setback.
"It was a great team effort today," said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. "Northeastern is a very dangerous team and we were able to hold them off and defend well when they put us under pressure. To get behind twice, on the road, and come back on both occasions showed great heart from our team. After two close losses, this was a huge victory for our team."
With the score tied at 2-all at the half, Rose tallied the decisive marker in the 53rd minute, taking a cross from sophomore Stephanie Bronson in the middle of the box before chipping the ball over Northeastern sophomore keeper Paige Burnett and into the back of the net.
Rose added an insurance marker in the 80th minute, knocking home a loose ball from the middle of the box after her initial attempt on the break was stopped by Burnett.
"Stephanie Rose was fantastic today," said Cairney. "She had a hand in the first two goals. The third goal was a great build up and a solid finish. The final goal was simply Stephanie battling inside the box."
Northeastern opened the scoring at the 7:21 mark of the contest. Senior Greta Samuelsdottir converted a feed from junior Hanna Terry on a free kick opportunity to give the Huskies an early 1-0 advantage.
Samuelsdottir put the Huskies back in front in the 25th minute, sending a cross from the left side over the head of UNCW senior keeper Caitlin Hunter and into the right hand corner of the net for her fifth goal of the season.
The Seahawks would tie the game at 2-all just prior to the break, as junior Meg Kiser put home a loose ball at the 39:18 mark for her first collegiate tally.
"I am very happy that Meg Kiser was able to score her first collegiate goal," said Cairney. "We were also able to get our first goal off a corner kick on Leyble's tally, which was good to see."
The two teams tallied 14 shots apiece during the contest while the Huskies held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks taken. Hunter made five saves for the Seahawks while Burnett finished with six stops for the Huskies.
UNCW returns to action Friday as it hosts Drexel in a 7 p.m. CAA contest at the UNCW Soccer Stadium. Northeastern is back on the field Thursday for a 7 p.m. kickoff at league rival James Madison.