COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's soccer team lost to No. 7 The College of Saint Rose, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon during Northeast-10 Conference play at Duffy Field. The Golden Knights, who qualified for 14 of the last 17 NCAA Tournaments, are ranked nationally by the United Soccer Coaches.
- Saint Michael's (3-6-1, 0-6-1 NE10), Saint Rose (9-0-1, 6-0-1 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- First-year Katie Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina), 8 saves (career high)
- Senior Nina Predanic, 2 goals
- Senior Caitlyn Dabagian, 1 goal
- Senior Sanja Ratkovic, 1 goal
- Senior Deanna Trongone, 1 goal
- Junior Marika Larendeau, 1 save in 76:49
- First-year Madelyn McCarthy, 0 saves in 13:11 of relief
- Escobedo made her first collegiate start.
- Saint Rose is seventh in the nation and first in the East Region in this week's United Soccer Coaches polls while having qualified for 14 of the past 17 NCAA Tournaments.
- The Golden Knights are one of nine remaining undefeated teams in Division II.
- Today's game kicked off a six-game stretch for the Purple Knights during which four Northeast-10 Conference contests are against teams either nationally or regionally ranked this week by the United Soccer Coaches. The other game is against the University of Maine at Fort Kent, which was second in last week's United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Division I national poll.
- Saint Rose had the first opportunity of the game, with senior Morgan Burchhardt one-touching classmate Eva Frazzoni's cross wide left from the left side of the box in the eighth minute.
- Escobedo punched out Trongone's free kick cross in the 20th minute, and senior back Meghan Dieterle (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) cleared the ball out of danger in the box during the 23rd after a Golden Knight saved a long pass on the end line.
- Predanic put Saint Rose in front at 25:55, dribbling the final third of the field through three defenders and slipping a shot from the left side of the box off of the fingers of a diving Escobedo and into the right side.
- Escobedo batted Predanic's bouncing shot over the crossbar in the 33rd minute.
- Shortly thereafter, Trongone doubled the lead at 33:19, pouncing on a failed clear and curling a shot into the upper left corner.
- Predanic drilled the crossbar in the 44th minute before the ball bounced back into the box, where Escobedo jumped to gather it in traffic.
- First-year back Grace Rava (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) one-touched junior Tess McCabe's (Cataumet, Mass./Bourne) corner kick cross wide right of the frame with eight seconds remaining in the first half.
- With her team down just 2-0, junior Melanie Roberge (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) drilled a shot off the crossbar from 25 yards in the 59th minute.
- In the 65th minute, senior Bridie McNamara (Harvard, Mass./The Bromfield School) sent a cross to the top of the box where junior Taryn Manna (Shirley, Mass./Home Schooled) got a quick touch before the ball was knocked away by a sliding Laurendeau.
- Saint Rose later put the game out of reach with two goals in a matter of 2:30. Predanic buried a free kick into the top right corner at 66:36 before Dabagian dribbled through two defenders and curled a shot from the left side of the box into the far right side of the net in the 70th minute.
- Escobedo denied a point-blank bid from sophomore Sophia Jean-Charles in the left side of the box during the 87th minute before Ratkovic put the rebound into a net tended only by field players.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at regionally-ranked Adelphi University, 2 p.m.
- The Panthers are seventh in this week's United Soccer Coaches East Region poll and qualified for three of the last four NCAA Tournaments.