NEWPORT, R.I. – Hawks sophomore Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins (Elmira, N.Y.) shut down the Salve Regina Seahawks, making a season-high 15 saves, as a late goal by junior Alyson Eldridge (Chesterfield, N.H.) lifted the Becker Hawks to a 1-0 win over Salve Regina on Thursday afternoon.
October 17, 2019
Score: Becker 1 – Salve Regina 0
Records: The Becker College Hawks 8-6-2 | The Salve Regina University Seahawks 7-9-0
In one of Becker's few chances of the match, Eldridge converted her third goal of the season by chipping the goalie from 25 yards away from goal.
The play came with sophomore Kristen Beidleman (Holliston, Mass.) controlling a loose ball around midfield. As Beidleman started the attack, she slid a pass to Eldridge to start the goal.
Eldridge, after initially slipping on the wet surface, regained her balance, making a right-footed touch around the Seahawks defender.
From there, Eldridge took two touches toward goal before taking a shot from 25 yards away that drifted over the head of Seahawks sophomore goalie Isabel Valerio (Proctor, Vt.), breaking the scoreless draw to give Becker a 1-0 lead in the 87th minute.
But the story defensively came from Cobb-Wilkins, making her first appearance since Sept. 21, recording a season-high in saves and a career-high in stops that came in a victory.
Seven of the first eight Salve Regina shots found the frame, a span that came over 18 minutes to start the match. One of those shots required a diving save from Cobb-Wilkins after junior Carah Cote (Adams, Mass.) attempted to bend a shot inside the far post.
Salve Regina nearly broke through in the 31st minute but was denied by the crossbar. The Seahawks again had an opportunity in the final minute of the first half, but Cobb-Wilkins came up with the reaction save from short range.
The crossbar again denied the Seahawks a goal early in the second half, but Cobb-Wilkins' seven second-half saves kept Salve Regina off the board.
FOR THE HAWKS
- The Hawks managed eight total shots, three on goal.
- Eldridge's goal is her first career game-winning goal in her 30th career match.
- In their last seven matches, the Hawks have allowed two goals to opponents, going 5-1-1 in that span.
- The win for Cobb-Wilkins moves her to 3-1 this season and marks her first clean sheet.
FOR THE SEAHAWKS
- Sophomore Amanda Bentz (Mount Wolf, Pa.) and freshman Meagan McLaughlin (East Hampton, Conn.) both had a team-high three shots on goal.
- Valerio made two stops for Salve, but the loss drops her to 1-1.
- The 30 shots were a season-high for the Seahawks. They were previously 5-0 this season in games where they recorded at least 22 shots.
The Hawks return to New England Collegiate Conference play on Saturday, hosting Bay Path University at noon at Alumni Field in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Out Game. Salve Regina takes just short of a week off and returns on Wednesday, Oct. 23 for a road conference match at Curry at 4:00 p.m.