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Merrimack upsets sixth-ranked Adelphi to advance to NE10 Semifinals

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Merrimack College women’s soccer team upset #6 Adelphi in the NE10 Championship Quarterfinal game, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon from Motamed Field. The Warriors will now play in the NE10 Semifinals on Friday afternoon at Franklin Pierce.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, 
#6 Adelphi 1 | Final
Records: Merrimack (10-8, 7-8 NE10) | #6 Adelphi (15-3, 13-2 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.

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 at #3 Saint Rose (7:00 PM)
Match 4: #5 Pace (0) at #4 Franklin Pierce (1) | Final

Friday, November 3rd
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: #8 Merrimack at #4 Franklin Pierce (4:00 PM)
Match 6: Match 2 winner vs. Southern New Hampshire Time TBD at Higher Seed

Sunday, November 5th
Championship Final at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 winner (1:00 PM)

How It Happened

  • Merrimack had pressure early to start the contest and capitalized with a goal in the eighth minute. Junior Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) raced down the right side of the field and sent a cross into the middle of the box, where the ball found the head of senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.)to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. Seconds later, Daigle looked to extend the lead, but her shot went just wide of the net.
  • The Merrimack defense had two big stops in the first half clearing the ball away from danger in the 16th and 23rd minutes, respectively.
  • 28′ – The Warriors took advantage of an own goal to take a 2-0 lead, as the ball sent off the head an Adelphi defender into the Panthers’ net.
  • The Panthers answered quickly as Savannah Taylor headed the ball into the upper left corner of the net in the 30th minute.
  • The Panthers had a penalty kick with 7:04 left in the first half, but sophomore keeper Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) made a diving stop towards the left post to keep a 2-1 Merrimack lead.
  • The second half saw 10 shots taken by each team, but neither team could find the back of the net.
  • Fulton made 15 saves, seven of which came in the second half.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fulton stopped a career-high 13 shots in net.
  • It was Boucher’s second goal in three games and team-leading eighth assist.
  • It was the second nationally ranked team the Warriors beat this year.
  • Keeper records: Erin Fulton (W, 6-3) // Isabel Sandstrom (L, 15-3)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 18 (10) // ADE – 24 (16)
  • Corners: MER – 7 // ADE – 7

Up Next
The Warriors will face Franklin Pierce  on Friday afternoon on the road in the NE10 Semifinals at 4 p.m.

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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