NEW HAVEN, CONN. –Merrimack College women’s soccer junior Gigi Guenther (Webster, Mass) sent the Warriors to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over Southern Connecticut State, on Tuesday night in NE10 action. Senior Sarah Boucher (Northbridge, Mass.) sent a free kick to the head of Guenther in the box, who was able to find the back of the net at 106:09 of the game.
Score: Merrimack 1, So. Connecticut State 0
Records: Merrimack (7-7, 4-7 NE10) | So. Connecticut State (2-10-2, 2-7-2 NE10)
Location: Jess Dow Field | New Haven, Conn.
How It Happened
- Sophomore keeper Erin Fulton (Farmington, Conn.) made two early saves in the first 10 minutes of action to keep the game scoreless.
- 34′ – Fulton made another save, as Victoria Buonanni cut back to the middle of the field, firing a shot just outside the box to the far post. Merrimack had just two shots on net in the opening half, both coming from about 30 yards out.
- The Owls came close to taking the lead in the 55th minute. Johanna Wahlen took a shot from the top of the box that hit the cross bar and bounced away from danger.
- Merrimack juniors Tori Daigle (Dayton, Maine) and Taylor Cogliano (Bellingham, Mass.) each had shots that went just wide of the net in the 61stand 64th minutes, respectively.
- Boucher sent a drive from 30 yards out that as saved, before classmate Jorgi Adee (Whitinsville, Mass.) sailed a shot just over the cross bar from 20 yards away.
- 84′ – The Warriors had a golden opportunity to take the lead. Following a corner kick, junior Guenther sent a header towards the net. However, an Owl defender was there to block the shot and get it away from danger.
- Daigle had a last chance opportunity in regulation with three seconds left, but her sliding shot attempt was blocked at the six-yard line. With 19 seconds left in the first overtime, Daigle again threatened with a shot. It was turned away by the keeper.
- 107′ – Following a free kick, Boucher sent a ball into the box, where it found the head of Guenther. She knocked it into the net for the overtime victory.
Inside The Numbers
- Guenther has scored four goals in the last three games and now has five on the season. It is a career-high for her.
- Boucher has her sixth assist of the season and fourth straight game with one.
- Fulton made five saves in her second-career shutout. The Warriors limited the Owls offense to just three shots after the first half.
- Keeper records: Erin Fulton (Dec, 4-2) // Gabrielle Arruda (Dec., 2-10-2)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 13 (6) // SCSU – 7 (5)
- Corners: MER – 5 // SCSU – 2
The Warriors will host the Chargers of the University of New Haven on Saturday from Warrior Stadium at 1 p.m. It will also senior day and Alumni day. For Details on Alumni Day, click here.