Roger Williams Advances With 1-0 Win Versus Rochester

Freshman Laurin Pendleton tallied the game's lone goal at 11:21.


Nov. 15, 2008

From Roger Williams Athletics

BRISTOL, R.I.-
The Roger Williams University women’s soccer team, playing in the program’s first NCAA National Tournament, earned a 1-0 victory over the University of Rochester Saturday. Freshman Laurin Pendleton (Southwick, Mass.) tallied the game’s lone goal at 11:21, assisted by classmate Kate Fusaro (Hopkinton, Mass.).

The Hawks defense, ranked second in the nation with a .247 goals-against average, would bend, but not break throughout the contest as Rochester registered 33 shots in 90 minutes. With 11 of those shots on goal, Hawks junior goalkeeper Jen Garside (Londonderry, N.H.) proved why she ranks first in the nation with a .935 save percentage. No other team in Division III soccer has recorded now 18 shutouts this season.

The Hawks move on to the NCAA second round to face Ithaca College (15-2-2), which won its contest earlier in the day, 6-0, over Westfield State (15-5-0). The second-round match begins at 1 p.m. Sunday in Ithaca.

Live stats and the radio broadcast can be heard by clicking here at game time: http://bombers.ithaca.edu/sports/2007/3/11/broadcasts.aspx

The University of Rochester entered the tournament with an 11-5-2 record. Though the Yellowjackets finished 3-4 in the University Athletic Association, three of those losses came in double overtime against Washington University in St. Louis, Emory University, and the University of Chicago, who all advanced to the NCAA Tournament this year.

RWU earned its berth to the NCAA tournament via three exciting wins in The Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. In the opening round against Western New England, RWU needed a goal in double overtime by Amanda daCunha (Wethersfield, Conn.) to earn the 1-0 victory. The Hawks’ next opponent, University of New England, snapped RWU’s 13-game shutout streak with two goals in the game. Yet those two goals weren’t enough, as RWU pulled off another double overtime win off of daCunha’s second goal of the game.

In the championship game, the Hawks faced an old foe in the form of Endicott College. Endicott, who had given Roger Williams its only conference loss of the season, had the Hawks’ number for the past two seasons. The Gulls had eliminated RWU in the conference championship in back-to-back seasons, but this season, the Hawks had different plans. With the lone goal of the game off of a header by Laurin Pendleton (Southwick, Mass.) with only 19 seconds left in regulation, the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

 

In the championship game, the Hawks faced an old foe in the form of Endicott College. Endicott, who had given Roger Williams its only conference loss of the season, had the Hawks’ number for the past two seasons. The Gulls had eliminated RWU in the conference championship in back-to-back seasons, but this season, the Hawks had different plans. With the lone goal of the game off of a header by Laurin Pendleton (Southwick, Mass.) with only 19 seconds left in regulation, the Hawks punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament.

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