NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team fell victim to a late own goal after a scoreless 87 minutes with American International on rainy Saturday afternoon, as the Yellow Jackets beat the Warriors by a score of 1-0 to remain undefeated in Northeast-10 Conference play.
Score: American Int’l 1, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (3-4-2, 1-3-2 NE-10) | American Int’l (7-2, 6-0 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field |North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- 7′ – The Yellow Jackets almost took a very early lead in a game that eventually took 87 minutes to see a goal. Just under seven minutes into the Saturday’s contest, American International’s leading goal scorer in Frederica Frew would rip a hard shot at the net, but saw it clank off the post and go out of play.
- 30′ – The Warriors first quality scoring chance came around the 30-minute mark, as a rush started by junior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) would result in a race for the ball between senior Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) and the Yellow Jackets’ keeper. The two players would meet at the same time, giving the keeper the advantage to fall on the ball.
- 48′ – American International would get another great scoring opportunity just minutes into the second half, moving the ball within close range of Merrimack’s goal quickly and ripping a hard shot on net. But junior goalkeeper Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) would dive and fully extend her reach to make a great save and keep the game scoreless.
- 88′ – The lone goal of Saturday’s contest would be a microcosm of the game as a whole with both teams’ offenses struggling. On a late offensive break for the American International, a Yellow Jacket attacker would look to feed the pass across the face of the net to a teammate. As the ball came across, it would deflect off the foot of a Merrimack defender and ricochet into the Warriors net, giving the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 victory on an own goal as American International remains undefeated in conference play.
Inside The Numbers
- The Warriors saw few scoring chances come their way on Saturday afternoon, somewhat due to the fact that they only managed one corner kick in the game. That lone attempt wouldn’t come until the 79th minute.
- Merrimack will look to regroup next week and get their offense back on track as they’ve been held scoreless in four of their last six games.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 6/5 | AIC – 16/5
- Corner Kicks: MC – 1 | AIC – 6
The Warriors are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Southern New Hampshire to take on the Penmen at 7:00 p.m.