EASTON, Mass. – After leading 2-0 with 25 minutes to play in regulation, the Merrimack College women’s soccer team saw three unanswered goals in 13 minutes from Stonehill as the Skyhawks shocked the Warriors in their penultimate game of the season on Wednesday afternoon, 3-2. The loss eliminates Merrimack from a spot in the 2016 Northeast-10 Conference Championships.
Score: Stonehill 3, Merrimack 2
Records: Merrimack (7-7-3, 4-6-3 NE-10) | Stonehill (12-4-1, 8-3-1 NE-10)
Location: Skyhawk Field | Easton, Mass.
How It Happened
- 29′ – Stonehill got off to the better start in a slow opening for both team on Wednesday afternoon, managing three shots on goal compared to none for Merrimack, but the Skyhawks saw junior goalkeeper Molly Meehan (Farifield, Conn.) stop all three early shots. The momentum would start to shift in the 29th minute after the first shot on goal for Merrimack from junior Andrea Rego (Dartmouth, Mass.).
- 34′ – Merrimack would follow Rego’s chance with multiple chances, firing four unanswered shots across the next five minutes. The Warriors would eventually be rewarded thanks to the second of the season from sophomore Amber Gustafson (Lancaster, Mass.), playing the ball off a Stonehill defender netting it from the right of the net to the left back post for the first lead of the game.
- 49′ – The Warriors would get an insurance goal just 3:34 into the second from senior Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) to take a 2-0 lead against a team that hasn’t scored more than one goal in their last five games. After a free kick from junior Emily Maier (Mesa, Ariz.) clanked off the crossbar, Giacalone would beat the keeper to the rebound to give Merrimack the 2-0 lead.
- 66′ – After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless play, the Warriors would see their lead cut to one goal as the Skyhawks struck with their first goal in their last three games with 23:01 remaining in regulation, leaving Merrimack to have to hold on to a two goal lead.
- 77’/79′ – Stonehill’s first goal appeared to open a flood gate, as the Skyhakws would net two goals in a two-minute span, with the first on a header goal off of a corner kick to tie the game up just 11 minutes after their first goal. The game-winner for Stonehill came two minutes later, as a volley from close would down the Warriors, 3-2, and end their hopes of a NE-10 playoff berth.
Inside The Numbers
- Giacalone’s goal marks her fourth of the season, which set a new career-high for the senior in her final campaign. Her four goals and eight points on the season rank fifth on the team.
- The three goals scored by Stonehill are the most the Warriors have allowed in their last nine games. Prior to Wednesday, Merrimack had allowed only six goals in nine games in the month of October.
- Shots/SOG: MC – 19/7 | STO – 24/12
- Corner Kicks: MC – 4 | STO – 7
The Warriors play their regular season finale on the road at Saint Rose on Saturday, Oct. 29. First whistle is set for 2:00 p.m.