FPU women’s soccer advances to Northeast-10 semifinals with 5-1 win

Published: 11/1/2018 12:53:56 AM

The No. 8 nationally-ranked and top seed in the Northeast-10 Conference tournament Franklin Pierce University women’s soccer team dominated the eighth seed American International College with a season-best five goals on Tuesday evening in a 5-1 win during the Northeast-10 Conference quarterfinals.

Junior forward Veronica Marques tallied two goals and one assist on four total shots in the Raven victory.

With the win, the Ravens improve to 13-1-2 overall and advance to the NE-10 semifinals on Friday. Franklin Pierce will host the No. 4 seeded College of Saint Rose at Sodexo Field with kick off slated for 7 p.m. The winner of that match will move on to the NE-10 championship game on Sunday.

Marques helped push the Ravens ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute of play. The junior smoked a cross from the right post to the left side which was corralled by junior forward Sophie Cousineau, who punched in a shot attempt to the left part of the net.

A couple of seconds later, a foul was called on the Ravens in the box. A penalty kick was awarded to the Yellow Jackets and senior midfielder Federica Frew ripped a shot right side of the cage past FPU’s goalkeeper Casey Kane. That was the only blemish on Kane’s night as she made two saves for her 10th win of the season.

Ten minutes later, Marques struck for her first goal of the evening. Her 11th marker of the season was also the game-winner as she uncorked a one-timer via the left side to push the Ravens ahead 2-1.

Senior midfielder Nathalia Maria da Silva added a score for a 3-1 edge. And just before the intermission, Marques rocketed in a rebound. The four first-half goals are a season high for Franklin Pierce.

Senior forward Bruna Tavares and Gabi Pereira teamed up for an insurance score in the second half to match its highest scoring output of the year.

The FPU backline did their job in this match as they held the Yellow Jackets to only four total shot attempts, while outshooting AIC 16-to-4. In two matches versus AIC this year the Ravens have outshot their opponent 23-to-5.

The only meeting with Saint Rose this season ended in a 2-2 tie.

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