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Merrimack falls to Sacred Heart

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.

Links: Box Score | Highlights

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.

The Basics
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

The Summary

  • 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.

Up Next
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.

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