NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team saw its three-game win streak come to an end on Wednesday night as the Warriors fell to Bentley at Martone-Mejail Field in Northeast-10 action by a score of 2-0.
Score: Merrimack 4, Bentley 0
Records: Merrimack (6-4-2, 3-3-2 NE-10) | Bentley (6-3-2, 3-3-2 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field |North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- 6′ – The Warriors got the first scoring chance of the contest early in the first half on a 2-on-1 opportunity from juniors Victoria Carter (Smithfield, R.I.) and Andrea Rego(Dartmouth, Mass.). Following a nice shot at the far post from Carter forcing the keeper to make a diving save, Rego would be left with the rebound and a defender tight on her. Despite plenty of open net, the Bentley defender would manage to get inside Rego and prevent her from getting a clean shot on net.
- 37′ – The Warriors would control the game’s momentum for much of the first half, but saw a resurgence from Bentley in the later portions of the frame. That resurgence would show itself in the form of multiple corner kicks for the Falcons, one resulting in a chaotic scrum in front of the Merrimack net. After a blocked shot from a Warrior defender, it appeared the Falcons tied the game with a lofted shot up and into the net, but Bentley was offside on the play to make the goal null and void.
- 49′ – The Warriors would get the first scoring chance of the second half after an early foul on Bentley gave them a set piece from just inside the box. A hard shot on the set from junior Emily Maier (Mesa, Ariz.) would sail just over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless, but Bentley quickly turned that scoring chance into one of their own. After reversing the field and bringing the ball into Merrimack’s end, the Falcons would hop in a scrum right in front of the net and force the ball through to take a 1-0 lead.
- 60′-71′ – Merrimack would respond to the Falcons goal with plenty of pressure, earning multiple scoring chances including another point-blank chance from Rego and a hard shot from Maier from 15 yards out, but a combination of quality goalkeeping and defense prevented the Warriors from finding the back of the net.
- 76′ – Bentley’s second and final goal would come with less than 15 minutes to play as a result of an aggressive attack from the Falcons. Bentley’s leading scorer and one of the NE-10’s top offensive threats, Ana Tantum would rip a rocket from 12 yards out and into the top right of the net for her ninth of the season.
Inside The Numbers
- Bentley’s goal on Wednesday night was the first goal the Warriors had allowed in 187:23 of game play after three straight shutout wins on their most recent road trip. The loss breaks up Merrimack’s three-game win streak.
- Boucher and Carter’s goal on Monday now have them tied for the team lead with four goals on the season. Boucher has registered a goal in three straight games, including the game-winners in Merrimack’s two previous shutout wins.
- After a three-game losing skid, the Warriors have responded with three straight wins to put themselves in playoff contending position heading to the home stretch of the season.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 23/10 | BEN – 23/7
- Corner Kicks: MC – 3 | BEN – 8
The Warriors are back in action at home Saturday when they host Southern Connecticut for a 1:00 p.m. NE-10 matchup.