July 15, 2024
Hartford Hawks Athletics – Women’s Soccer Topples Stony Brook, 2-0

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — The Hartford women’s soccer team took down America East preseason favorite Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon, scoring a crucial 2-0 victory in America East action on Al-Marzook Field. Sophomore Kelly Severini gave the Hawks with a halftime lead in the 25th minute before classmate Jordyn Ferraro tacked on a late insurance tally in the closing minutes of the match. 
Unbeaten in their past two league contests, the Hawks (8-3-3) improve to 3-2-2 in the America East. The Seawolves (5-8-2) dip to 2-4-1 in conference play.
The field tilted in favor of Stony Brook in the first half, but it was Hartford that broke through to take the lead midway through the stanza. A battle for possession near midfield resulted in a ball directed towards the middle of the field to Ferraro, who slotted a pass through two Stony Brook defenders. Severini met the pass in stride, and after touch of the ball, she blasted a high shot from the corner of the box out of reach of Stony Brook’s keeper. 
Perez’ third save of the match was a big one, as she denied Kerry Pearson of a potential Seawolves’ goal in the 65th minute. With two Hawks defenders out of place, Pearson turned a scrum in the box into a low shot towards the far post, forcing Perez to make a diving save to her right. The rebound slipped away from Perez, but she was able to corral the loose ball and prevent any damage.
Less than 10 minutes later, Hartford’s goalkeeper came up with another impressive save to preserve the clean sheet, when she rejected a shot fired from Madison Sleiman from just outside the six-yard box.
In the final minutes, Ferraro would put the match away with her second goal of the season. The sophomore got a piece of a corner kick that was served in the box from classmate Chloe Layne, and her header deflected off of a Seawolves’ defender into the back of the net.

  • The victory was Hartford’s first since it defeated UMBC, 2-0, on Sept. 26
  • Severini’s goal marked the second straight outing that she finds the back of the net
  • With the marker, she pushes her season total to four, second-most on the team
  • Ferraro had a hand in each of the Hawks’ goals to finish with a career-best three points
  • Ferraro’s goal was the sophomore’s second in 2021
  • Stony Brook registered a game-high 15 shots, but just six were marked on frame
  • The Hawks put four of their five shot attempts on goal
  • The Seawolves also held a significant advantage in corner kicks (7-1)
  • Perez stood tall in goal for the Hawks, making a game-high six saves
  • She earned her sixth shutout victory of the season
  • Perez currently ranks sixth in program history in saves (262), sixth in wins (32) and is tied for sixth in shutouts (19)
  • Emerson Richmond Burke made a pair of saves in goal for the Seawolves
  • The Hawks ended a five-game winless streak against the Seawolves with Sunday’s win, as Stony Brook was 3-0-2 in the past five meetings
  • Hartford improves its advantage in the all-time series to 14-6-6

After a midweek bye, the Hawks head to Maine to battle the Black Bears next Sunday (Oct. 24). Hartford’s final road tilt of the regular season is set to kick off at 1 p.m. from Mahaney Diamond.

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