MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team only needed one goal from junior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) at Southern New Hampshire on Tuesday as junior goalkeeper Molly Meehan(Fairfield, Conn.) would make a career-high 12 saves and post her fourth shutout of the season to give the Warriors a 1-0 win over the Penmen in Northeast-10 Conference action.
Score: Merrimack 1, Southern N.H. 0
Records: Merrimack (4-4-2, 2-3-2 NE-10) | Southern N.H. (6-5-1, 3-4-1 NE-10)
Location: Larkin Field |Manchester, N.H.
How It Happened
- 11′ – The first quality scoring chance of the game for either side would come just over 10 minutes into the first and favor the Warriors. Junior Andrea Rego (Dartmouth, Mass.) would get a nice look at the goal but the Penmen’s goalkeeper in Paige Salmon would make the first of multiple nice plays on Merrimack chances in the game.
- 40′ – The eventual game-winning goal from Boucher would come late in the first half on an offensive break right up the middle of the field. With the Penmen’s keeper far out of the net challenging Boucher, the junior would fire a beautifully placed shot over the keeper and into the top right corner of the net to give Merrimack a 1-0 lead before half.
- 55′ – Southern New Hampshire would come out in the second half looking to respond immediately, forcing Meehan to make three of her 12 saves in the game in just a five minute spin early on in the half. But Merrimack’s stout senior backline highlighted by captains Julia Heffernan (Westborough, Mass.) and Megan Gada (Bozrah, Conn.)wouldn’t keep the shots at long range and make Meehan’s job easier.
- 88′ – One of the best series in net for Meehan would come in desperation time for the Penmen, as they still trailed by a goal with less than three minutes remaining. Southern New Hampshire would bring the ball in on the right side and attempt a cross to the middle of the field. Meehan would come out of her net and punch the ball out of the air to break up the pass, and then follow that up with another save to seal the 1-0 shutout.
Inside The Numbers
- Meehan has shined in net for the Warriors in the first half of her junior campaign, recording five games without a goal against, including four shutouts. She lead the NE-10 by a wide margin with 68 saves and is second in the conference with a .850 save percentage.
- Boucher’s goal in Tuesday night’s win is her second of the season, which matches her season total from last year. Both of her goals this season are also game-winning goals, which puts her career total of those at three.
- The Warriors will look to use Tuesday night as a turnaround as it is their first win in their last five games. Merrimack still sits right in the mix for an NE-10 Tournament spot as they are just one point of contention.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 6/4 | AIC – 19/12
- Corner Kicks: MC – 5 | AIC – 5
The Warriors continue road action on Saturday when they travel to New Haven on Saturday to take on the Chargers at 1:00 p.m.