NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team battled to its second scoreless deadlock in Northeast-10 play on Tuesday night, as the Warriors and visiting Franklin Pierce University played to a 0-0 draw from Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 0, Franklin Pierce 0
Records: Merrimack (3-1-2, 1-1-2 NE-10) | Franklin Pierce (3-1-1, 1-1-1 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field |North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- 27′ – The game opened with plenty of back-and-forth action, with both sides struggling to get a quality look at the net. The first of the game would come for Merrimack a bit more than halfway through the first, after a long cross from the right side of the field would find junior Victoria Carter (Smithfield, R.I) for a nice header, but the shot would loft just over the crossbar.
- 42′ – Once both teams began to find their offensive stride in the first half, scoring opportunities would become much more present in the contest. Late in the first, sophomoreMcKenna Moore (Seattle, Wash.) would take off on an offensive break off a nice lead pass from Carter. Moore used her speed to beat a defender to go one-on-one with the keeper. After the keeper came far out of the net to make a nice play, Moore would get a second chance on the rebound with the goalie out of position, but would send the shot just wide of the post.
- Second Half – After the action in the game began to pick up towards the end of the first half, both teams would again be stifled in the second frame, as Merrimack managed just two shots on goal in the half while holding the Ravens to zero opportunities on net. A big reason Franklin Pierce was unable to get a shot on goal in the second was due to great defense efforts from sophomore Erika Scott (Mendon, Mass.) and senior captain Megan Gada (Bozrah, Conn.). Both Warriors made great defensive efforts on different plays to thwart two potential breakaway chances for the Ravens.
- 97′ – After a foul from Franklin Pierce late in the first overtime period, the Warriors would get a chance at a set piece about 25 yards from the net. Junior Sarah Boucher(Northbridge, Mass.) would take the kick for the Warriors and fire a beautiful hooking kick to the far post that looked like it could be the game-winner, but the keeper was able to play the shot nicely and slap it away.
Inside The Numbers
- The Merrimack goalkeeping has been as strong as ever in the early games of the 2016 season, as the Warriors posted their fourth shutout in six games Tuesday. Junior goalkeeper Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) is responsible for three of them herself, adding another in a four-save effort Tuesday.
- On top of the goalkeeping, the Warrior defense has been stifling as well. Through six games this season, Merrimack has allowed just four goals to the Warriors 12, including just one first-half goal all season.
- Despite being outshot in Tuesday’s game, the Warriors prevented Franklin Pierce shots from finding the net, as Merrimack outnumbered the Ravens in shots on goal, 9-4.
- Shots: MC – 13 // FPU – 22
- SOG: MC – 9 // FPU – 4
The Warriors head back on the road when they travel to LIU Post on Saturday for a noon matchup with the Pioneers.