ALBANY, N.Y. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team closed outs its season in dramatic fashion on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors were propelled to an overtime victory thanks to the game-winning goal from sophomore Amber Gustafson (Lancaster, Mass.) in the 92nd minute to lead the Warriors to a 2-1 win at Saint Rose in their regular season finale.
Score (OT): Merrimack 2, Saint Rose 1
Records: Merrimack (3-2-2, 1-1-2 NE-10) | Saint Rose (11-6, 8-6 NE-10)
Location: Plumeri Sports Complex | Albany, N.Y.
How It Happened
- 13′ – Junior Victoria Carter (Smithfield, R.I.) got Merrimack on the board first less than 15 minutes into the game, netting her sixth goal of the season on a nice individual effort to give the Warriors the first score and lead of the game at 1-0 at 13:33 of the first half.
- 68′ – That 1-0 lead held for the next 55 minutes of play before Saint Rose knotted the game up at 1-1 at 67:58 of the second half. The Golden Knights would get a nice cross in front of the Merrimack goal and see Sammy Blizzard touch the pass in for the tie with just over 20 minutes to play.
- 83′ – The Golden Knights would give Merrimack a scare late in regulation, firing off multiple shots and earning a corner kick in the final 10 minutes. But the Warrior backline would hold strong as regulation wound down, blocking shots and not allowing Saint Rose to get a clean look late.
- 92′ – Gustafson’s game-winner would come just 1:30 into the extra frame to give Merrimack the 2-1 victory. Gustafson received a clean pass from junior Sarah Boucher(Northbridge, Mass.) and would one-touch it up high to the far left side and by the keeper to score her first-career game-winning goal in dramatic fashion.
Inside The Numbers
- Gustafson’s goal on Saturday marks her third goal of the season, while it is the second consecutive game in which she has tallied a score. She closes the season with three goals and four assists for 10 points, ranking third on the team.
- Saturday was the fourth game of the season for the Warriors that required an overtime, but it was also the first overtime game that the Warriors did not finish in a tie.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 13/3 // SR – 21/6
- Corners: MC – 3 // SR – 5