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Samuelsdottir nets a pair, NU falls to UNCW

Article Written by Bobby Mullen
Published: September 24, 2012

Senior captain Greta Samuelsdottir (Kopavogur, Iceland) scored a pair of first half goals, but the UNCW Seahawks used two Stephanie Rose tallies in the second half to come away with a 4-2 victory on Sunday afternoon. The contest concludes Northeastern's five-game home stand, during which the Huskies went 2-3.

The teams knotted up at 14-14 in shots on the day. Sophomore keeper Paige Burnett (Placentia, Calif.) made six stops for NU in net in the loss. Caitlin Hunter turned away five chances for UNCW to earn the win.

It didn't take long for Northeastern to get on the board in the contest. Redshirt-sophomore Hannah O'Donnell (Dallas, Texas) drew a hard foul just outside the box, drawing a free kick. Junior Hanna Terry (Park City, Utah) tapped the free chance to the left foot of Samuelsdottir, who stepped up and blasted home her team-high fourth goal to give NU an early lead.

The Seahawks responded in the 17th minute, when Kim Currie blasted in a corner kick that Morgan Leyble was able to head past Burnett for her third goal of the season. The equalizer came moments after Burnett made a huge diving stop on a Rose breakaway chance, leading to the corner.

The tie was short-lived, with Samuelsdottir striking again in the 25th minute. Taking a feed from junior captain Hillary Savoy (Winchester, Mass.), Samuelsdottir lined up a blast from 35 yards out that sailed past a lunging Hunter into the back corner of the cage.

UNCW was able to equalize yet again in the 40th minute. Burnett made a save on a wide open Rose in the box, but a bouncing ball found its way onto the foot of Meg Kiser, who snuck a shot past an out of position Burnett.

The game went to the half knotted a 2-2. The first half was incredibly even, with both teams registering nine shots and three fouls.

Leyble was assessed with a yellow card in the 47th minute, leading to an NU free kick that was unable to net a chance.

Rose finally broke through for UNCW in the 53rd minute, taking a beautiful through ball from Stephanie Bronson before floating a shot over Burnetts head and into the net for her fifth goal of the season.

O'Donnell nearly equalized in the 64th minute, taking a feed from freshman Emily Nasuti (Millbury, Mass.) in the box and firing one on goal that Hunter punched away. After coming on as a sub, freshman Brittani Gardella (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) launched a chance towards net for NU in the 71st minute, but it sailed inches wide of the cage.

Rose tacked on an insurance goal in the 80th minute, winning a scramble in the box after Burnett came out to stop her initial chance.

The loss moves Northeastern to 3-7 on the year and 1-1 in CAA conference play. UNCW now sits at 6-4-1 on the season (1-1 CAA).

Northeastern hits the road on Thursday night when conference play continues with a matchup with the James Madison Dukes. Game time in Harrisonburg, Va. is set for 7 p.m.

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