COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team dropped its Northeast-10 Conference opener against Southern Connecticut State University, 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, on Duffy Field. The Purple Knights are 1-1-1 overall and 0-1 in the NE10, while the Owls are 1-3 and 1-0.
Sophomore Greta Ricigliano (Milwaukee, Wis./Nicolet) held the lone goal for the Purple Knights, her first tally of the season, with senior Abby Pelon (South Lyon, Mich./Ladywood) pitching in the assist. Junior Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) played the first 45 minutes in net with sophomore Lindsay St. Pierre (Hooksett, N.H./Manchester Central) relieving her, grasping three saves. Junior Juliana Santos and sophomore Olivia Holubecki got their first goals of the season for the Owls with senior Gabrielle Arruda picking up the win with four saves.
The first goal of the game came within the second minute of play. Holubecki nailed a corner kick that curved near the far post, skimming on the inside. During the 40th minute, the Purple Knights had an opportunity to tie it up as the Owl goalkeeper misplayed the ball at the top of the box, and sophomore Madeleine Morse (Brownsville, Vt./Windsor) sailed the ensuing shot just left of the open net. Two minutes later, Santos hit a rebound off of the crossbar that crossed the goal line just before LeCours could cover the ball and the Owls ended the first period up 2-0.
During a corner kick in the 61st minute, Pelon connected with Ricigliano on the left side of the box, with the sophomore heading in her first goal of the season. After receiving a corner kick within the 79th minute deep in the left side of the box, senior Andie Devaney (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) sent a soft shot toward the net but Arruda made the save. Within the final three minutes and the Purple Knights still down 2-1, a Pelon corner kick didn't lead to any shots before her tying attempt with fewer than 30 seconds to go drifted wide.
The Purple Knights will have the week to prepare for the University of New Haven at home next Saturday at 12 p.m. to continue conference play.