WALTHAM, Mass. – Sophomore Ana Tantum (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) netted a 47th minute goal, but visiting Franklin Pierce was able to hold off the Bentley women's soccer team 2-1 in a Northeast-10 match on a rainy Wednesday afternoon.
Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 1-0 lead in just the third minute on a goal by junior Hannah Weagle off a corner kick. The corner was taken by midfielder Fernanda Marques, which fell to the turf after no one could get a touch on it initially. However, Weagle jumped on the loose ball after a scramble and fired it into the back of the net to give the visitors an early lead.
Bentley had a chance to tie things up off a free kick from co-captain Patty McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) in the 18th minute. McAllister swung the kick in from the right wing to the far post, and sophomore Paige Tetu (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) got on the end of it, only for her shot to go just over the bar.
Tantum's goal came just 1:39 after halftime. With the ball at her feet deep on the right wing, she chipped a ball from 25 yards that went past Pierce keeper Katie Weldon for the goal.
But Franklin Pierce took the lead back for good on a 66th minute goal by senior Talita Pereira. Junior Kaycee Pereira got the assist after she played a cross into the box that Pereira got on the end of for the goal.
The Falcons will now play their next two matches on the road, starting on Saturday afternoon at Pace. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.