Home Women's Soccer Merrimack falls to AIC despite late goal from McDonnell

Merrimack falls to AIC despite late goal from McDonnell

Merrimack College Women's Soccer vs. Bentley University at Bentley University in Waltham, MA on September 13, 2017. Photo: Mike Gridley

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – After battling back late in the second half, the Merrimack College women’s soccer program fell to American International Wednesday night, 2-1.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 1,
 AIC, 2 | Final
Records: Merrimack (3-2-1) |AIC (5-2-1)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened

  • Merrimack had a great chance early in the first half. Just five minutes in, a cross from senior Tori Daigle was placed perfectly inside the six, but AIC keeper Mikayla Demanche dove across the six to stop the free ball from any danger.
  • AIC was able to use the counter in the first half, and almost got away with a quick first goal. A ball bent in from the right side of the 18 yard box was put on frame, but a great save from Fulton kept the game level.
  • In the 20th minute, Daigle threw another ball inside the six; this time, Damanche got just enough of it to throw off the shot from freshman Izzy McDonnell.
  • With under 15 minutes left in the first half, a flurry of opportunities were put inside the box, but Demanche came off her line in critical situations to keep the match scoreless.
  • AIC nearly snuck a goal in to start the second half. A ball strung down the 18 was played by Fulton, but a bad hop popped the ball through the hands of the keeper. Senior Emily Maier was there to eventually clear the ball out.
  • Both teams resorted to shots from deep through the middle of the second half; each defense did an exceptional job locking down the box despite the heavy number of shots.
  • Just before the 75th minute, a Yellow Jacket long ball broke the stalemate. After Annina Sankoh dropped the ball to Federica Frew, a shot from 35 yards out caught Fulton off her line and found the back of the net.
  • A goalkeeper change brought sophomore Megan Langlois into the game, who had to make two big saves off the bench.
  • AIC doubled their lead in the 80th minute. A loose ball inside the box found the foot of Jacinda McCartney, who buried it to double the lead.
  • Less than two minutes later, the Warriors cut it in half. A beautiful ball up from freshman Meghan Blanchette found the foot of Izzy McDonnell. A shot from just outside the 18 rippled the right side of the net to give the Warirors some life.

Inside The Numbers

  • Nine of the 12 shots from American International found the frame.
  • Only twelve fouls were committed between both teams through the duration of the game.
  • Keeper records: Junior Erin Fulton (L, 3-3-1) // Mikayla Demanche (W, 5-2-1)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 11 (6) // AIC 12 (9)
  • Corners: MER – 3 // AIC – 2

Up Next
The Warriors are on the road Saturday, September 29, taking on Pace at 5 p.m.


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