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Roundup: Saint Rose gets by Southern NH

No. 2 Saint Rose 1, Southern New Hamshire 0

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Saint Rose extended its season-long shutout streak to five games with a 1-0 victory at Northeast-10 Conference rival Southern New Hampshire on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Knights (5-0/2-0 NE-10) manufactured a 16-4 advantage in shots, including an 8-1 differential throughout the final 45 minutes, and generated eight corners while yielding just a pair.

In the process, Saint Rose avenged last year's 1-0 NE-10 Championship semifinal setback to the Penmen that halted the Golden Knights' run at a sixth consecutive conference title.

Saint Rose, ranked No. 2 in the most recent coaches' poll, reversed that tally via sophomore midfielder Jennifer Busk, who scored the game's lone goal when she collected a pass from senior midfielder Laura Taylor and let go a 25-yard blast that went inside the far right post.

In goal, senior keeper Jessica Gerski came up with two saves throughout the entire 90 minutes to post her second clean sheet of the season. Meanwhile, senior Samantha Whittier came up with three of her four saves in the second half for the Penmen (3-2-1/0-1-1 NE-10).

No. 4 Western Washington 4, Montana State-Billings 1

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Western Washington gave up its first goal of the season, an own goal, but remained unbeaten with a 4-1 victory against Montana State-Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest Saturday at Yellowjacket Field on the MSUB campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.4 nationally in this week's poll, improved to 5-0-0 overall and 2-0-0 in league play. MSUB fell to 2-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in conference action.

Catherine Miles put WWU ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute, scoring off a scramble in the box as Brina Sych was credited with an assist.

MSUB tied it at 1-1 in the 29th minute when a Viking defender passed the ball back to goalkeeper Alyssa Beauchamp, who was advancing too fast and overplayed it.

The Vikings went ahead to stay in the 43rd minute when freshman Erin Russell scored her first collegiate goal from 15 yards off the goalkeeper's hand after receiving a pass from Delanee Nilles.

WWU scored twice in the final 10 minutes. Miles scored her second goal of the game from 10 yards in the 83rd minute on a cross from Elise Aylward. In the 89th minute, Kristin Maris scored an unassisted goal.

No. 5 Tampa 3, Nova Southeastern 0

TAMPA, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Tampa defeated Nova Southeastern by a score of 3-0 on Saturday night at Pepin Stadium.

The Spartans improve to 1-0 in the Sunshine State Conference with an overall 7-0 record while the Sharks fall to 0-1 in the SSC and 4-2 overall.

The Spartans jumped on the board with a goal by forward Kaley Ward with two minutes remaining in the first half. Fellow freshman Paige Smith brought a change of pace to the game with her substitution and launched the ball to Ward recording the assist.

Keeper Alyson Gregorowicz did not see any action in the first half, as the Sharks were unable to get a shot off against the Spartans as Tampa outshot Nova by a 9-0 margin.

The Spartans continued their offensive momentum into the second half. Emily Jones rocketed the ball down the field to Ward registering her second goal of the game. Gabby Russo lengthened the Spartan lead to three in the 66th minute of play with Jones recording her second assist of the game.

Lock Haven 1, No. 6 East Stroudsburg 0

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Lock Haven shutout No. 6 East Stroudsburg on Saturday, 1-0 on the road, handing the Lady Warriors their first loss of the season.

Lock Haven (2-3-1, 2-3-1 PSAC) jumped on top in the sixth minute, when Jamie Hunter put The Haven up on her second goal of the season.

Hunter's early goal proved to be all the Lady Eagles needed for the upset, as the defense stifled the ESU offense all game.

LHU goalkeeper Dana Wozniak was strong all night for The Haven. She tallied nine saves on her way to her second shutout of the season.

The win marked LHU's second consecutive win against a ranked opponent.

No. T8 American International 3, Saint Anselm 0

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Eighth-ranked American International (5-0-0, 3-0-0 NE-10) toppled the Saint Anselm Hawks (2-3-1, 1-2-0 NE-10) by a 3-0 score on Saturday.

Junior forward Sonia Basma continued her torrid pace, striking for the first goal of the game and fifth of the year at the 12:52 mark, receiving a pass from senior defender Allie Fitzsimmons about 25 yards out and blasting it into the upper corner of the net. She then tallied her sixth goal of the year at 54:39, finishing a cross from the right side from senior forward Caroline Boyce.

The Jackets added a third goal at 65:53 on a corner; Boyce delivered a ball to freshman midfielder Jessica Margaretta, who headed it home for her second of the year.

AIC allowed just one corner kick and one shot on goal while taking five and nine, respectively. Junior goalkeeper Samantha Tabak improved to 5-0-0 on the year with her fourth shutout; she and the defense have not allowed a goal all season. On the Hawks' side, junior goalkeeper Gabriella Primera allowed one goal in 45:00 of play to fall to 2-3-1 on the year, while freshman Cassie Quattropani allowed two goals in 45:00 of relief, earning no-decision to remain 0-0-0 on the year.

No. T8 Minnesota State-Mankato 3, Bemidji State 1

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Eighth-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato netted three unanswered goals Saturday afternoon at Chet Anderson Stadium en route to a 3-1 victory against previously undefeated Bemidji State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

The Mavericks moved to 4-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in NSIC action, while the Beavers fell to 4-1-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the league. The win also extended MSU's NSIC unbeaten streak to 22 matches, the 19th longest in NCAA Division II history.

Minnesota State fell in an early hole two minutes in when BSU junior Mary O'Brien got loose on a breakaway behind the Maverick back line and deked junior netminder Molly McGough before finishing in the back of the net.

However, in the 27th minute, senior Courtney Vallarelli ripped a shot from the top of the box and over the reach of BSU freshman Amanda Garvin for her third goal of the year, evening the match at one apiece. Junior Sydney Temple collected her second assist of the season on the play. Six minutes later, fellow junior Emily Moris made it a 2-1 Maverick lead when she drove home a rebound after sophomore Korey Kronforst's shot on goal for her first marker of 2013. At the break, MSU held a 9-3 edge in shots and 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.

The Purple and Gold had a pair of close chances in the second half as a goal was wiped off the board in the 56th minute after an offside call, and junior Kate Sandon drilled the crossbar in the 80th minute, but MSU would cement the victory in the 89th minute. With the Beavers desperately attempting to tie the match, Kronforst slipped through the BSU defense and tucked her second goal of the year into the right side adding an exclamation point to the 3-1 win.

For the match, Minnesota State held an edge against Bemidji State in shots (19-7), shots on goal (11-4) and corner kicks (6-1). Garvin stopped a match-high nine shots for BSU, while McGough notched three saves for MSU. Kronforst paced the Mavericks with a match-high six shots, including four on goal.

No. 10 West Florida vs. Cumberland (Tenn.) -- Canceled

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Tenth-ranked West Florida's match against NAIA No. 21 Cumberland (Tenn.), originally scheduled for Saturday, was canceled due to inclement weather in the forecast.

The match would have been the Argonauts’ (2-0-2) home opener after spending the first two weeks of the season on the road.