NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team defeated Molloy College 4-2 in the final game of the Marriott Kickoff Classic. Freshman Sarah Boucher(Northbridge, MA) led the squad with two goals.
Score: Merrimack 4 | Molloy 2
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | Molloy (0-2)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
In the fifth minute, Lions midfielder Alicia Mercurio received a pass from Kristen Cummings and scored one just past the outstretched arms of Warrior goalkeeper Meghan Gulbrandsen(Haverhill, Mass.). It was the first time this season that Merrimack fell behind in a contest.
The Navy and Gold would answer quickly. Three minutes later the Warriors were awarded a free kick and junior Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) placed a beautiful ball to the far post, where Boucher headed it in. The first half ended in a 1-1 draw.
In the second half the Warriors came out firing. Less than four minutes in, they cashed in on another set piece. On a corner, Savi sent a cross over the box, landing it right on the foot of Boucher for an easy tap-in goal. Four minutes later senior Sarah Coakley (Medway, Mass.) scored her first goal in 2014 after a strong run down the right side of the pitch.
Molloy would make the game close again in the 63rd minute when Danielle Valente pocketed the Lions’ second goal. The momentum was short-lived, however, as substituteBianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) broke free on the counter-attack 38 seconds later to score her first-career goal. The final 27 minutes went by scoreless, leading to the Warriors’ second-consecutive victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Savi, Merrimack’s leading scorer from last season, set a career high with her two assists in the game. The helpers were also Savi’s first points of the season.
- Gulbrandsen also notched a career high with eight saves.
- The game displayed the offensive potential for both teams. Molloy had the slight edge in shots 20-19, but Merrimack edged them out in shots on goal, 11-10
- Two Lions were booked for yellow cards. In the 38th minute Gabrielle Batista received the caution, while Annette Mims got her card in the 74th minute.
- The Warriors start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2011 when the Navy and Gold began the year on a 10-game winning streak
Merrimack continues their four-game home stand on Saturday against Southern Connecticut State at 1 p.m. The game marks the beginning of Northeast-10 play for the Warriors.