WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Taylor Cogliano scored her second game-winning goal of the season Friday night, lifting the Merrimack College women’s soccer team over the University of New Haven in double-overtime, 2-1. The win keeps the Warriors within playoff contention, with just two games left in the regular season.
Score: Merrimack 2, New Haven, 1 | Final
Records: Merrimack (8-6-1) | New Haven (2-11-1)
Location: Kathy Zolad Stadium | West Haven. Conn.
How It Happened
- The Warriors came out with the same intensity as they have in the last two Northeast 10 Conference matchups, but it was the Chargers who struck early to halt the momentum. Just 12 minutes in, Grace Scorcia bent a ball over sophomore keeper Megan Langlois for her first career goal. Initially looking to be a cross inside the box, the shot carried into the back of the net.
- The Chargers fought off Merrimack through the first 45 minutes, and outshot the visitors 6-5 in the first half of play.
- Game-pace picked up in the second half for the Warriors. Frantically looking for the equalizer, it was sophomore Bridget Austin who started the rally. Her first goal in a Merrimack uniform was undoubtedly one of the most important of the season, and it came with just 22 minutes left in the game. The Warriors forced a corner in the 68th minute, and the cross in from senior Amber Gustafson was headed into the back of the net from the midfielder to tie the game.
- Junior Erin Fulton made a pair of big saves in the final 20 minutes of action, and for the fifth time this season, an NE10 team took the Warriors into overtime.
- Merrimack fired off a series of shots through the first ten minutes of free soccer, but the horn sounded for a second set overtime; the Warriors only needed three minutes to take home the victory. Amber Gustafson sent a ball inside the six, trying to connect with Cogliano. New Haven netminder Paige Davis didn’t handle the through ball cleanly, and Cogliano kept her run through the box; the run finished with the ball on her feet, and a wide-open net for the game-winner.
Inside The Numbers
- Through five overtime games within NE10 play, the Warriors have lost four of them; this was their first extra time win of the season.
- Cogliano has two goals this season; both of which were counted as game-winner, being scored in either the final minute of regulation or overtime.
- Merrimack has given up just one goal in its last three matches.
- Keeper records: Junior Erin Fulton, W (3 saves, 6-5-1) // Paige Davis, L (8 saves, 2-9-1)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 19 (10) // UNH 16 (8)
- Corners: MER – 4 // UNH – 5
The Warriors have the weekend off before getting back on the bus this Wednesday, October 24, traveling to Assumption. Game time at Multi-Sport Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.