Home Women's Soccer Merrimack upsets sixth-ranked Adelphi to advance to NE10 Semifinals

Merrimack upsets sixth-ranked Adelphi to advance to NE10 Semifinals

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Merrimack College women’s soccer team upset #6 Adelphi in the NE10 Championship Quarterfinal game, 2-1, on Tuesday afternoon from Motamed Field. The Warriors will now play in the NE10 Semifinals on Friday afternoon at Franklin Pierce.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2, 
#6 Adelphi 1 | Final
Records: Merrimack (10-8, 7-8 NE10) | #6 Adelphi (15-3, 13-2 NE10)
Location: Motamed Field | Garden City, N.Y.

2017 NE10 Championship:
Tuesday, October 31st
Quarterfinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #8 Merrimack (2) @ #1 Adelphi (1) | Final
Match 2: #7 Bentley (0) at #2 Southern New Hampshire (2) | Final
Match 3: #6 Assumption at #3 Saint Rose (7:00 PM)
Match 4: #5 Pace (0) at #4 Franklin Pierce (1) | Final

Friday, November 3rd
Semifinals – at Higher Seeds
Match 5: #8 Merrimack at #4 Franklin Pierce (4:00 PM)
Match 6: Match 2 winner vs. Southern New Hampshire Time TBD at Higher Seed

Sunday, November 5th
Championship Final at Highest Seed
Match 7: Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 winner (1:00 PM)

How It Happened

  • Merrimack had pressure early to start the contest and capitalized with a goal in the eighth minute. Junior Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) raced down the right side of the field and sent a cross into the middle of the box, where the ball found the head of senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.)to give the Warriors an early 1-0 lead. Seconds later, Daigle looked to extend the lead, but her shot went just wide of the net.
  • The Merrimack defense had two big stops in the first half clearing the ball away from danger in the 16th and 23rd minutes, respectively.
  • 28′ – The Warriors took advantage of an own goal to take a 2-0 lead, as the ball sent off the head an Adelphi defender into the Panthers’ net.
  • The Panthers answered quickly as Savannah Taylor headed the ball into the upper left corner of the net in the 30th minute.
  • The Panthers had a penalty kick with 7:04 left in the first half, but sophomore keeper Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) made a diving stop towards the left post to keep a 2-1 Merrimack lead.
  • The second half saw 10 shots taken by each team, but neither team could find the back of the net.
  • Fulton made 15 saves, seven of which came in the second half.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fulton stopped a career-high 13 shots in net.
  • It was Boucher’s second goal in three games and team-leading eighth assist.
  • It was the second nationally ranked team the Warriors beat this year.
  • Keeper records: Erin Fulton (W, 6-3) // Isabel Sandstrom (L, 15-3)
  • Shots (SOG): MER – 18 (10) // ADE – 24 (16)
  • Corners: MER – 7 // ADE – 7

Up Next
The Warriors will face Franklin Pierce  on Friday afternoon on the road in the NE10 Semifinals at 4 p.m.

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