Penmen post strong weekend in soccer, field hockey

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Sydney Carney (#2) and Shae Roys (#11) celebrate on Sunday – courtesy photo

The Southern New Hampshire University women’s soccer team is now 2-0 on the year after knocking off the defending NCAA Division II National Champion University of Bridgeport Knights on Sunday, 5-3.

After going into the half level, the Penmen got two goals in quick succession from Allyson Patterson (Hanson, Mass.) and Dorothea Giorud (Brumunddal, Norway), followed by another pair of goals later in the half by Cassie Andrade (New Bedford, Mass.) and Sydney Carney (Northborough, Mass.) that were separated by just four minutes.

Sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Rose (Waterloo, Ont., Canada) recorded a career-high 14 saves in beating the second ranked Knights, the third time in the last four years the Penmen have defeated a nationally-ranked Bridgeport squad.

The Penmen return to action Saturday, Sept. 14 (3 p.m.) when they take on Adelphi University.

Here are some other recent updates from Penmen athletics over the past few days.

Men’s Soccer

Michael Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.) scored the game-winner on Thursday as the Penmen took a 2-0 opening road win against Queens College (N.Y.)

Following Goncalves’ 55th minute score, graduate student Alex Satrustegui (Pamplona, Spain) added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute. Satrustegui has now scored in 25 of the 32 matches he has played in with the Penmen, following seven goals in nine games for Atlantic City FC of the National Premier Soccer League during the spring.

The home opener is up next on Wednesday, a 7 p.m. tilt against Post University.

Field Hockey

The Penmen bounced back from their 3-2 double-overtime loss against tenth-ranked Limestone on Friday with an 8-0 domination of Converse College on Sunday afternoon.

Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) bookended the Penmen’s scoring, with additional goals from Emily Campbell (Raynham, Mass.), Cameron Whelan (Seabrook, N.H), Helene Servais (Brussels, Belgium), Katie King (Dayton, Ohio), Kristen Hagel (Driehuis, The Netherlands) and Caroline Scott (Bedford, N.H.)

SNHU has their home opener on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Saint Michael’s College at Larkin Field.