Mana’o Nets First Goal, But Road Remains Unkind to Women’s Soccer

Mana’o Nets First Goal, But Road Remains Unkind to Women’s Soccer

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Junior newcomer Alma Mana'o scored her first goal in a Knights uniform, but the Queens College women's soccer team fell on the road to the University of New Haven on Monday, 2-1.

Queens, which has played all three of its matches on the road so far, dropped to 0-3, while New Haven improved to 2-0 overall.

In addition to the first Queens goal for Mana'o, senior Taylor Bonanno recorded her first assist of the season and put one shot on goal. Erin Vernillo took three shots, including two shots on goal, while sophomore Guro Eriksen registered three shots.

Queens took 12 combined shots compared to 10 for New Haven, registering six more shots than the Chargers in the second half.

It was a family reunion for Queens head coach Nicole Pacapelli, as her younger sister, Marisa Pacapelli, is a junior on New Haven's squad. The Knights' head coach is also a former New Haven standout player and assistant coach.

It was Marisa who got the upper hand this time around, scoring the first goal of the match. Emily Morello added a goal for New Haven, while Allison Morgan and Megan Georges each recorded an assist. New Haven goalkeeper Kyra Wolonsavich saved a combined four shots.

New Haven struck early at the 17:07 mark when Pacapelli scored the game's first goal through a quick centering tap kicked to the right on an assist from Morgan. Then after the halftime break, Morello scored the game's second goal on an assist from Georges at 63:21.

With the Knights looking to mount a comeback, Mana'o scored Queens' lone goal off Bonanno's feed at 78:41. Unfortunately, the Knights were unable to complete the comeback, as Vernillo's shot in the 90th minute went wide, allowing New Haven to secure the 2-1 victory.

Queens will play its final match of this four-game road stretch on Thursday, Sept. 7, against Chestnut Hill at 4 p.m.