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Assumption Edges Merrimack Women’s Soccer in Worcester

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team saw a late comeback effort fall short as the Warriors dropped their first road game in their last four in a 2-1 loss at Assumption in Northeast-10 Conference play on Tuesday night.

The Basics
 Assumption 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (6-6-3, 3-5-3 NE-10) |
 Assumption (8-6-1, 6-4-1 NE-10) 
 Multi-Sports Stadium | Worcester, Mass.

How It Happened

  • 5′ – Making the first start of her career, freshman goalkeeper Erin Fulton (Fairfield, Conn.) would be challenged early on in her starting debut, being forced to make two saves on quality shots within the first five minutes of the game. The rookie would corral both early chances for Assumption to keep the game scoreless in the opening minutes.
  • 22′ – One of the best looks of the game for the Warriors would come as a result of a Merrimack throw-in low in Assumption’s end. The ball would end up loose just to the right of the net about 10 yards out, and senior Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) would hop on the scoring chance. But a hard shot from Giacalone would clank off the post to nearly miss taking the first lead.
  • 24′ – Just minutes after the chance for Giacalone, Assumption would get out to a 1-0 lead on an impressive shot from long range to find the opposite corner of the net. That Warrior deficit would hold at one until half thanks to solid defending from the backline not allowing another shot on goal for the final 20 minutes of the frame.
  • 73′ – The second half began as somewhat of a stalemate as both teams defenses kept the opposing side from getting any kind of offensive momentum. Eventually that momentum began to shift towards Assumption, who would fire off three shots in a 9:41 span, with the third resulting in their second goal of the game and a 2-0 lead with 17:40 to play.
  • 80′ – The Warriors would finally break through and get on the board with just under 10 minutes remaining in regulation. After a corner that saw Merrimack get multiple chances in a scrum right in front of the net, the ball would roll out in the clear where junior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) would fire it into the net.
  • 89′ – A late chance from sophomore Amber Gustafson (Lancaster, Mass.) would nearly tie the game for Merrimack with 1:15 remaining, but her rocket of a shot from deep would just clear the crossbar.

Inside The Numbers

  • Following Assumption’s goal in the first half, the Warriors’ defense kept the Greyhounds from managing another shot on goal for the next 40:16. A shot from deep that was easily caught by Fulton would end the streak.
  • Boucher goal on Tuesday marks her fifth of the season as she continues to improve on her career high. She has been red hot as of late, as she has netted a goal in four of Merrimack’s last six games.
  • Shots/SOG: MC – 14/4 | ASM – 22/8
  • Corner Kicks: MC – 2 | ASM – 3

Up Next
The Warriors return home on Friday for their final home game of 2016 and their Senior Day when they host Saint Anselm at 7:00 p.m.

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