Roberge Tallies in 53rd Minute to Send Women's Soccer Past Le Moyne, 1-0

Roberge Tallies in 53rd Minute to Send Women's Soccer Past Le Moyne, 1-0

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Junior Melanie Roberge's (Chester, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) 53rd-minute strike stood up as the lone goal in the Saint Michael's College women's soccer team's season-ending 1-0 win over Le Moyne College on Tuesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference play on Duffy Field.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (6-9-2, 2-9-2 NE10), Le Moyne (1-15-1, 0-12-1 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Senior Shannon Bennison, 5 saves in 45 minutes
  • First-year Allison Moreau, 1 save in 45 minutes of relief

GAME FACTS

  • The Purple and Gold totaled six victories this fall, its most since 2011, and matching its highest figure since 2008 (8).
  • The Purple Knights finished 3-2-1 in their last six games.
  • Saint Michael's downed Le Moyne for the first time since 2012, with today's contest the 15th time in 16 meetings the teams were separated by two goals or fewer.
  • Roberge scored twice this year, netting the team's initial marker of the season in a 1-0 win over Bloomfield (N.J.) College in the opener on Sept. 7 and the Purple Knights' final goal of the season.
  • The Purple Knights notched their third 1-0 win and sixth shutout overall, the most clean sheets by a Saint Michael's squad since 2008 (7).
  • Vallatini ended the season with a 1.22 goals-against average, good for 10th in program history and the best since Brittany Cocozza '12 in 2011 (1.07). Her .833 save percentage is currently good for second in the NE10.

THE ACTION

  • The Purple Knights had a pair of good looks in the opening nine minutes, with senior Bridie McNamara (Harvard, Mass./The Bromfield School) popping a point-blank shot in the seventh minute toward the crossbar, where Bennison leaped to make the stop, and first-year Izzy Ruprecht (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) volleying a bid toward the upper left corner during the ninth minute, only to be denied by Bennison's acrobatic save.
  • Vallatini turned away senior Kayla Bain's line drive from 40 yards out in the 22nd minute.
  • First-year Zoe Rogers (Shelton, Conn./Shelton) touched senior Meghan Dieterle's (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) free kick entry across the goal mouth in the 40th minute, forcing Bennison to make a sprawling save.
  • In the final 30 seconds, junior Elizabeth Maguire pulled up from 40 yards while going 1-on-2 in transition and lofted a shot toward the high part of the frame, but Vallatini jumped to knock the ball down.
  • Saint Michael's broke through at 52:50, as Ricigliano sent an end-line cross that Cinquegrano touched along for Roberge to one-touch into the lower right beyond a diving Moreau.
  • Le Moyne had a trio of good opportunities to tie in the ensuing 16 minutes. Sophomore Lexi Aquilino's header from out front off of a free kick service forced Vallatini to go high for a save in the 61st minute, junior Erica Wasserbach drilled a shot from 30 yards out just over the crossbar during the 63rd minute, and Vallatini intercepted Maguire's bouncing entry pass during the 70th minute under pressure.
  • Wasserbach's free kick in the 75th minute was sent wide left of the frame for Le Moyne's final optimal chance.