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October 28, 2012

Local sports in brief 10/29/2012

JOHNSTOWN — FIELD HOCKEY

SFU earns share of NEC title

LORETTO – The Saint Francis University field hockey team tallied a pair of second-half goals against in-state rival Robert Morris to earn a share of the Northeast Conference regular season title with a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Selena Adamshick scored on a penalty stroke early in the second half and Jocelyn Scillia added a goal 11 minutes later to give the Red Flash (12-5, 6-1) their first Northeast Conference title. The Colonials (5-13, 2-5) struggled to generate offensive pressure and some key turnovers in their defensive zone cost them. Kate Vitali did not see a lot of action but made some saves in key situations to make the two of goals stand up.

The two teams played to a scoreless stalemate in the first half with the Red Flash getting the better of the opportunities and outshooting RMU, 5-0, and out-cornering the Colonials, 2-0. Just before the half there was a tense moment when SFU earned a penalty stroke. Adamshick took the stroke for the Flash and attempted to go blocker side with a shot but the attempt clanked off the post.

SOCCER

Red Flash women set NEC mark

LORETTO –  With a hard-fought, 2-1, win over Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon, the Saint Francis women's soccer team carved out a new place in the Northeast Conference record books. The victory at the soggy Stoke Soccerplex made the Red Flash the first team in league history to post a 10-0-0 mark in the NEC.

“This is a cool thing,” said SFU head coach Brenda van Stralen, who watched her team run its unbeaten streak to a school-record 12 matches. “We still have goals for our team and plenty of things to improve on. We have to keep working.”

Saint Francis (13-4-2) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead less than 16 minutes into the match.

In the 11th minute, junior Tesa McKibben served up a ball on a free kick from the left side to a waiting Natalie Isett at the top of the box. Isett collected the pass and promptly deposited it in the back of the net for her first collegiate goal.

Isett returned the favor as she assisted on McKibben’s 17th goal of the season.

Saint Francis will host the 2012 Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Tournament, beginning on Friday. Game times and draws will be announced today.

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