SPARKHILL, N.Y. – Newberry fell in a 1-0 defensive battle to nonconference foe St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday afternoon to kick off a three-day road swing through the Northeast for the Wolves.
The Wolves (4-6) and Spartans (5-7) were locked in a scoreless tie at the intermission that saw each team record only a single shot through the first 35 minutes. Newberry goalkeeper Allison Davis recorded the only save for either team to that point, turning back a Spartans’ shot with just over 10 minutes to play in the first half.
The offense opened up for both teams in the second half, however, as the teams combined for eight second-half shots. The Spartans made their second attempt of the half count, with Kaylee Pistner’s second tally of the season putting St. Thomas Aquinas ahead.
Newberry increased its pressure in the game’s final 10 minutes, earning two penalty corners, taking three attempts, and forcing Spartans’ goalkeeper Suzanne Clarke to make two saves during a three-minute span. But the Wolves were unable to find the equalizer as St. Thomas Aquinas held on for the tight 1-0 win.
Chantel Gauthier led the Wolves with two shots and placed one attempt on cage. Kristyna Oyola, Mariah Lee, and Brady Keeler also had attempts for the Wolves. Jade Hall’s three attempts paced the homestanding Spartans, who finished tied with the Wolves 5-5 in shots and had two shots on target to the Wolves’ three. Newberry built a 7-2 edge in penalty corners.
The Wolves will travel five hours south to face Eastern College Athletic Conference foe Mercy on Saturday at noon. Newberry’s three-game road trip concludes with a Sunday morning neutral-site tilt against Mansfield on the campus of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.