Stony Brook women’s soccer grabbed its second-ever America East title, downing Vermont, 2-1 on Sunday afternoon and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Alyssa Francese and Manuela Corcho both scored in the Seawolves victory, which enhanced their record to 11-10-0 (4-4-0 AEC). Kimmy Chavkin, Sydney Vaughn, Manuela Corcho and Franki Priore were all named to the America East All-Championship Team; Vaughn earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award.
“I’m just super excited for our student-athletes, that they get to continue playing and represent Stony Brook University in the NCAA Tournament,” said a jubilant head coach Brendan Faherty. “We have a great staff here, great people behind the scenes. This win is for all of us.”
In a close and hard-fought championship game, Francese gave the Seawolves an early lead, finding the back of the net in the 18th minute to make it 1-0 Stony Brook. Corcho then made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, collecting a pass from Rachel Florenz and finishing an open look on goal to extend the lead to two goals. Freshman goalkeeper Sofia Manner recorded five saves in the win.
Coach Faherty now has a 20-18-3 record in his first two seasons at the helm of the Seawolves’ program. Faherty won his 100th career game as a collegiate head coach during Stony Brook’s victory over Hartford in the conference quarterfinals.
The Seawolves will travel to No. 3 Penn State for the first round of the 2017 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship on Friday, Nov. 10. The matchup will be the first between the two programs. Kickoff from Jeffrey Field will be at 7:30 p.m