New Haven, Conn. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team improved to 3-1 on the season with a commanding Northeast-10 conference road victory over Southern Connecticut State University, 3-2, at Jess Dow Field in New Haven, Conn.
Game Score: Merrimack 3, Southern Conn. 2
Records: Merrimack (3-1, 1-0) | SCSU (1-3, 0-1)
Location: Jess Dow Field | New Haven, Conn.
How It Happened
In the first half, the Warriors took a strong 2-1 lead over the Owls. Sophomore Steph Eaton (Auckland, New Zealand) put the Warriors up 1-0 in the 10th minute of play. Eaton scored from a strong kick from the 30 yard line which went right over the Southern Conn. goalkeeper. Junior Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) collected the assist on Eaton’s goal.
Freshman Alana Vecchiarello (Peabody, Mass.) secured a 2-0 lead over the Owls with a beautiful shot from Dion that was two quick for the keeper to save. The Owls cut the lead to one by a unassisted goal from Caroline Staudle.
The Warriors kept a 2-1 lead over the Owls until the 78th minute when Hannah Spreckley scored off a corner kick from Suzanne Pires. Merrimack was unable to rally back sending the game into overtime with a score of 2-2.
Merrimack and Southern Conn. both took one shot each and were unsuccessful in the first overtime. With five minutes left in the second overtime, junior Sarah Coakley (Medway, Mass.) scored the game winning goal with a lazer of a shot that went right by the goalie.
Senior goalkeeper Nicole Curtis (Billerica, Mass.) picked up her third win of the season, stopping two shots on net during the game.
A Closer Look
- Dion collected two shots, a shot on goal, and two assists.
- Merrimack out shot the Owls 11-9.
- Southern Conn. held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.
- Merrimack led in fould 7-4
- Eaton and Vecchiarello both collected two shots, two shots on goal, and a goal each.
What They Said
Head Coach Coach Gabe Mejail: “It was tough to see a solid 2-0 lead disappear, and while some teams could have caved in, our team showed great character by regrouping after that and finally coming out with the victory.”
Merrimack returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when the Warriors travel to Northeast-10 Conference opponent Franklin Pierce. Opening kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.