NORTH ANDOVER, Mass – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team scored two goals in the first half and four more in the second to double their season win total against Dominican Saturday afternoon, winning by a score of 6-0.
Score: Merrimack 6, Dominican 0 | Final
Records: Merrimack (2-0) | Dominican (0-2)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field| North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
- Ten minutes into the first, Merrimack scored, but it was called back for offside. A ball slotted in to sophomore Izzy McDonnell nearly started the scoring for the Warriors.
- Three minutes later, McDonnell did find the scoring column. A great feed from senior Emily Maier led to a 1-on-1 opportunity at the net, and McDonnell scored her second goal of the season.
- In the 19th minute, a whistle was blown inside the box. Senior Gigi Guenther was called up, and drove a ball low into the right side of the net to double the score.
- Both teams battled for the final 25 minutes of the half, but neither came away with a score before the first 45 minutes ended.
- Similar to the first half, the Warriors came out fired up. Just one minute into the second half, freshman Erin Tyldesley took a feed from McDonnell; from the right-side corner of the 18-yard box, a right-footed shot curled away from the keeper and found the side-netting. It was her first career goal, and gave Merrimack a 3-0 lead.
- Twelve minutes later, Guenther struck again. This time, the streaking senior timed a beautiful over-the-top feed from Maier perfectly; she broke past the Dominican back line and beat the keeper 1-on-1.
- With another 12 minutes passing, the Warriors increased the lead. In the 80th minute, freshman Sara MacFarland found the back of the net on a scrum in the six-yard box. As MacFarland took an off-angle shot, Dominican’s Jenna Gray slid into the net and knocked the ball off the goal line; MacFarland corralled her own rebound and finished the play with an open-netter.
- Freshman Maggie Barden finished the scoring for the Warriors with her first-career goal. After drawing the keeper out, she cut past the outstretched arms and slotted the easy tally.
Inside The Numbers
- Merrimack outshot the Chargers 32-4, putting 18 on frame
- Dominican goalie Angelica Contreras made twelve saves in 76 minutes of play.
- Gigi Guenther posted 12 points in 2017; in two games through 2018, she has six.
- Three different rookies scored their first career goals; Tyldesley, MacFarland, and Barden.
- All four Dominican shots were fired on-net.
- Nine goals is the most in the opening two games of any season since 2007, where Merrimack put up 12.
- McDonnell’s five points through two games is good for second on the team, and the most by any underclassmen.
- The Warriors have given up just one corner through two contests.
Keeper records: Junior Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) (W, 2-0) // Angelica Contreras (L, 0-2)
- Shots (SOG): MER 32 (18) // MOL 4 (4)
- Corners: MER – 6 // MOL – 0
The Warriors will take a well-deserved break, going seven days before their next matchup. Saturday, September 8, is a rematch of the Northeast-10 Conference Quarterfinal against Adelphi at Martone-Mejail Field; kickoff is slated for 11 a.m.