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Merrimack falls to Franklin Pierce in NE10 Semifinals

RINDGE, N.H. – Merrimack College women’s soccer team fell to Franklin Pierce, 2-1 in the NE10 Semifinal game on Friday afternoon at Sodexo Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1, 
Franklin Pierce 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (10-9) | Franklin Pierce (12-3-2)
Location: Sodexo Field | Rindge, N.H.

2017 NE10 Championship:
Tuesday, October 31st
Quarterfinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #8 Merrimack 2 @ #1 Adelphi 1 | Final
Match 2: #7 Bentley 0 at #2 Southern New Hampshire 2 | Final
Match 3: #6 Assumption 3, #3 Saint Rose 0 | Final
Match 4: #5 Pace 0 at #4 Franklin Pierce 1 | Final

Friday, November 3rd
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: #8 Merrimack 1,#4 Franklin Pierce, 2 | Final 
Match 6: #6 Assumption 1,  #2 Southern New Hampshire 1 | 2OT SNHU wins 5-4 in PK’s

Sunday, November 5th
Championship Final at Highest Seed
Match 7: #4 Franklin Pierce vs. #2 Southern New Hampshire (1:00 PM)

How It Happened

  • 9′ – Junior Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) had the first chance of the game, racing down the right side. Her shot, however, went just wide of the post.
  • 32′ – Senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) had the Warriors second opportunity. Unfortunately, her shot went just over the crossbar.
  • The first half ended scoreless with just two shots for the Warriors and five for the Ravens.
  • 52′ – Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a goal by Veronica Marques. Marques cut to the middle around the Warriors defense to the right of the box to put a shot in the left side of the net.
  • 79′ – Penalty kick goal by Nathalia da Silva bringing the Ravens up 2-0.
  • 86′ – Warriors got themselves on the scoreboard with a goal by senior Emily Maier (Meza, Ariz.). Meza scored off a free kick from 40 yards out. However, the Warriors could not find the equalizer.

Inside The Numbers

  • It was Maier’s first goal of the season.
  • It was the lowest shot output for Merrimack all season.
  • Keeper records: Sophomore Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) (L, 6-4) // Casey Cook (W, 12-3-2)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 5 (3) // FPU – 11 (6)
  • Corners: MER – 1 // FPU – 3

Up Next
Warriors end the season with a 10-9 overall record. The Merrimack College women’s soccer team would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the 2017 season.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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