COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team upended previously undefeated, regionally-ranked University of New Haven, 1-0, on Saturday at Duffy Field during Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights improved to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the league, while the Chargers slipped to 3-1-2 and 0-1-2. New Haven was eighth in the latest United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.
First-year Taryn Manna (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled) netted her first career goal for the hosts, snapping New Haven's shutout streak at 324:02. Junior Emily Durette (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) assisted, and classmate Megan LeCours (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) notched four saves for her fourth career shutout. This marked the teams' ninth consecutive meeting that was decided by one goal, as Saint Michael's downed New Haven for the first time since Oct. 22, 2011. The Purple and Gold began a run of facing four straight teams ranked in this week's regional poll.
Junior Kyra Wolonsavich posted four saves for the Chargers, who had recorded three straight shutouts and allowed only one goal in 490 minutes this season entering the day. New Haven ended with edges of 21-9 in shots and 8-1 in corner kicks.
The visitors held advantages of 10-4 in shots and 6-1 in corner kicks in the opening half, but Manna netted the only tally. Less than three minutes into the contest, Durette took a lead pass and charged toward net, sending a bid that Wolonsavich knocked away. Manna followed the play and slipped the ball over the prone keeper and in at 2:43. LeCours registered three stops in the first stanza, among them one apiece in the 12th and 13th minutes, including denying senior Allison Morgan's one-touch attempt from the top of the box for the initial try.
New Haven first-year Emily Bergold ran onto a corner kick cross in the 64th minute but headed a try wide right, and LeCours punched away senior Kelly Quigley's cross in the 70th minute before junior Emily Morello's follow-up try was blocked out front. The Chargers had an equalizer waved off due to an offside call in the 72nd minute, and Quigley later sent a corner kick toward the far post in the 79th minute, with senior back Andie Devaney (Tolland, Conn./Tolland) heading the ball off the line.
LeCours denied another Morgan bid a minute later, and Morgan's free kick from outside the top of the box in the 84th minute sailed high. Less than a minute after, two Chargers went in alone on LeCours to follow a blocked shot that had taken a high bounce on the rebound, but the keeper jumped to corral the ball under pressure before the New Haven players could get a touch. That proved to be the final golden opportunity for either team.
The Purple Knights visit regionally-ranked Merrimack College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Warriors are 10th in the latest United Soccer Coaches East Region poll.