The Seton Hall women’s soccer team came up short on Friday at Owen T. Carroll Field against Saint Joseph’s University, falling by a score of 2-1.
The Pirates (0-5-2) took a scoreless draw into the second half of the game until they conceded two quick goals to the Hawks (3-1-0) a little more than midway through the second half. Seton Hall coach Rick Stainton said the game was a battle from start to end.
“We wanted to limit their opportunities tonight,” Stainton said. “We didn’t do that too well at some points of the game, but we wanted to put pressure on them and create turnovers to where we could get into the attack, and we did that.”
The night started off with a moment of silence to honor those lost and affected by the events that happened on the same day 14 years ago (9/11). Special guest Anna Negron performed the national anthem at the game.
Coming off of the scoreless draw to Monmouth on Monday, Stainton was looking for his players to “play tough” in Friday’s game. Through the first half, they did just that, playing physical on both ends of the field. A fast-paced tempo and an aggressive style of play contributed to a scoreless first half, and that continued in the second half.
Momentum moved to Saint Joseph’s midway into the second half, ultimately leading to a goal in the 75th minute by Emily Gingrich. The junior midfielder also had the assist on Morgan Michon’s goal three minutes later, which had come off of the fingertips of freshman goalie Anna MacLean.
Seton Hall would rebound shortly after, all started by a yellow card on Taylor Ryan of SJU. A free kick attempt gave the Pirates a corner kick in the 83rd minute, which resulted in a Seton Hall goal, credited to junior Sarah Fiorino, who received the pass from junior Frankie Maier. Fiorino explained that she and her teammates “had no idea of what happened.”
“I followed the goalkeeper as she went to the front post and it went right past both of us actually,” Fiorino said. “I’ll give that one to Frankie [Maier], though, since it was a good corner on her part.”
While Seton Hall’s rally came up short, Stainton said that this was a teaching moment for his team.
“This whole thing has been a process,” he said. “But we’ve been progressing well. We haven’t had any cupcakes this year. I think we’re made for these types of competitions, and they’ll be something that soon falls our way.”
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