The Stony Brook women’s soccer team clinched the America East Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a 1-0 overtime win over UMass Lowell on October 21 from Cushing Field.
Senior Julie Johnstonbaugh (Neshanic Station, NJ) scored the game-winning goal in the 95th minute when she beat UMass Lowell keeper Julia Schneider in a one-on-one. It was her second-consecutive game-winning goal.
“Today was a really good game between two teams that were trying to get the ball down and play. UMass-Lowell have some very creative players on the ball and they made our team work hard defensively for 90+ minutes,” said Faherty. “I couldn’t be happier for our group with the result today. We had an emotional win on Thursday, but were able to play at a high level again to get a great result on the road.”
“Winning a regular season conference championship has been a three-year process for this program, and I couldn’t be more excited for this team. We are going to enjoy this historic moment as a group for a couple days and then we will turn our attention to preparing for the America East tournament. I also want to give a special thanks to our administration, the assistant coaches, our support staff, alumnae, family, and friends. They have helped us take this program to new heights and are an important part of our success.”
- The contest got off to a quick start as sophomores Alyssa Francese (Yorktown Heights, NY) and Fanny Gotesson (Varnamo, Sweden) both took shots on goal in the first two minutes. Schneider was able to stop both shots.
- In the 20th minute, Johnstonbaugh had a look at the net with a header but just missed off the post.
- The Riverhawks took the next three shots of the match but couldn’t get anything past sophomore Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland). Manner made eleven saves in the contest.
- The Seawolves took three corners in the first half compared to UML’s one.
- In the 56th minute, UMass Lowell’s Lily Fabian tried to give the Riverhawks the lead but was denied by Manner.
- Gotesson nearly scored the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute but pushed it wide.
- UML’s Kristina Bartsch took the first shot of overtime but Manner made a diving stop to keep the game scoreless.
- In the 95th minute, Gotesson found Johnstonbaugh in front of the net for the game-winner. Gotesson also assisted on the game-winning goal over Hartford earlier in the week.
The Seawolves will host the semifinal game of the America East tournament on Sunday, October 28 at 12 pm against the winner of UMass Lowell/Vermont.
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