NORTH ANDOVER, Mass— The Merrimack College women’s soccer team dropped its first home conference game on Thursday afternoon, falling 2-1 to the Sacred Heart Pioneers at Martone-Mejail Field.
The Pioneers took the match lead in the 22′ on a strike from Michelle Clarkin. Merrimack responded with a flurry of action in the second half, including junior Bridget Austin‘s first tally of the season. Sacred Heart would respond to Merrimack’s press late with the game-winning goal in the 87’ minute. Merrimack continues its home stand on Sunday, as they take on an out-of-conference foe in Manhattan at noon, when the team will honor its five seniors at a pregame ceremony.
Score: Sacred Heart 2, Merrimack 1
Records: Merrimack (1-6-0, 0-2-0 NEC) | Sacred Heart (4-3-1, 1-0-0 NEC)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass
- Merrimack tallied more shots on goal than Sacred Heart, making 10 of their 14 attempts on the keeper count.
- The Warriors challenged with a free kick in the 76′ following a hard foul, with the shot knocked away.
- Junior Izzy McDonnell was key off the bench, posting three shots on goal in the match.
Stats & Figures
- Senior captain Erin Fulton made her seventh straight start between the pipes, and played the full 90 minutes for a third straight game. She finished the day with nine saves.
- Merrimack tied a season-high ten shots on goal, matching the mark set in the match against St. Bonaventure.
- Austin was the seventh player to score for the Warriors this season.
The Warriors will host an out-of-conference matchup on Sunday against Manhattan, with kickoff at noon. Merrimack will honor five athletes on Senior Day to celebrate their careers.