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Merrimack Women’s Soccer Comes From Behind To Top Saint Michael’s

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team erased an early one-goal deficit to top Saint Michael’s College, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon during Northeast-10 Conference action at Martone-Mejail Field.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2
, Saint Michaels 1
Records: Merrimack (4-2, 1-2 NE10) | Saint Michael’s (2-2-1, 1-2 NE10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

  • The momentum was in favor of the Warriors early in the contest, as four shots were fired off in the opening 24 minutes.
  • Freshman Izzy McDonnell (Fall River, Mass.) had two great opportunities to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead in the 28th and 29thminutes, but her shots were turned away.
  • The Purple Knights, however, were the first to get on the scoreboard. Abby Pelon lobbed a shot just underneath the cross bar in the 29th minute to give the road team a 1-0 edge.
  • 59′ – A corner kick went through the entire box, and senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) had a sliding attempt that just went on the outside of the net.
  • 66′ – Sophomore Hayley Oliveira (Valley Stream, N.Y) knotted the game at one, leaping over a crowd and heading a ball over the keeper, on a cross by junior Amber Gustafson (Lancaster, Mass.).
  • 72′ – Some creative passing gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead. A header into the box by freshman Bridget Austin (East Greenbush, N.Y.) went to McDonnell, who one-touched a pass to senior Cassie Giza (Orange, Conn.). Giza was able to one-time a shot through a crowd of defenders by the attempt by LeCours.
  • 87′ – Senior Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) made a huge save to preserve the one-goal lead on a direct shot from seven yards away.

Inside The Numbers

  • It was Oliveira’s first-career tally.
  • The home team in this series has been victorious over the last five games.
  • Keeper records: Molly Meehan (W, 2-1) // Megan LeCours (L, 1-2)
  • Shots (SOG): MER –26 (13) // SMC – 10 (5)
  • Corners: MER – 9 // SMC – 1

Up Next
Merrimack hosts the College of Saint Rose on Saturday, Sept. 23rd at Martone-Mejail Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

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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