NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team were led by the second consecutive shutout from junior goalkeeper Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) as well as the game-winner for the second straight game coming from junior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) as the Warriors topped New Haven on Saturday, 2-0 for their second consecutive Northeast-10 Conference road win.
Score: Merrimack 2, New Haven 0
Records: Merrimack (5-4-2, 3-3-2 NE-10) | New Haven (5-6-1, 2-6-1 NE-10)
Location: Kayo Field |West Haven Conn.
How It Happened
- First Half – Neither side would find the back of the net in the first half of the game, with the Merrimack defense being able to shut down the Chargers in the opening frame to hold them to three shots on goal in the first. Merrimack made the most of their opportunities in the first half, firing seven eight shots with seven aimed on goal, but all seven would be stopped in a scorless first 45 minutes.
- 59′ – New Haven came out as the aggressor in the second half, forcing Meehan to make three of her eight saves in the game in the first 14 minutes of the frame. But she would do just that to keep the game knotted at 0-0 and give the Warriors a chance to strike first.
- 66′ – As she did in the Warriors’ 1-0 win at Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday night, Boucher would again net the first goal for Merrimack to give them the first lead. Her goal would be in similar fashion to her Tuesday night goal as well, as she would bring the ball in from midfield and fire a shot from just outside the box and into the net for her third of the season.
- 90′ – Merrimack would do a quality job of keep up the offensive pressure while holding their lead to fend off a chance for New Haven to tie the game. With the clock winding down and under a minute remaining, senior Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) would net the insurance goal and dagger after dribbling the ball into the box and booting it past the keeper to seal the 2-0 win.
Inside The Numbers
- Meehan continues to be outstanding in net for the Warriors in her junior campaign, registering her fifth shutout of the season. The number ranks second in the NE-10, while she leads the conference in save percentage (.864) and saves (76).
- Boucher’s now has three goals on the season after scoring in her second straight game. That number already surpasses her season total of two last season. All three goals from Boucher this season are game-winners.
- Giacalone’s goal Saturday is also her third of the season, which ties the career-high she set as a sophomore. In 11 games this year she has registered an impressive shots on goal percentage of .727.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 19/11 | UNH – 17/8
- Corner Kicks: MC – 1 | UNH – 4
The Warriors close out their road trip when they travel to post on Monday for a 3:00 p.m. matchup with the Eagles on Columbus Day.