Savi’s Two Goals Leads Merrimack Past Queens

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team snapped a three-game winless streak with a victory over Queens College, 3-0.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 3 | Queens 0
Records: Merrimack (6-4-2, 2-4-2 NE-10) | Queens (2-7-2, 0-4-1 ECC)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

What They Said
Head coach Gabe Mejail: “It was nice to see the girls get off to a fast start, and I think we saw a total team effort today. Jenna Savi continues to show how much improvement she has made in her game, it was nice to see how effective she can be. This win sets the tone for what is an important week for this team.”

How It Happened
The Warriors could not have gotten out to a faster start. Forty-five seconds into the game, junior Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) scored her fifth of the season to give Merrimack the early lead.

The play began on a throw-in by senior Katie Bresciani (Hopedale, Mass.), as she played the ball down the right flank to Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.). The sophomore crossed the ball into the box, where Savi collected it and shot the ball into the back of the next.

Only 20 seconds later, the Warriors scored another goal. This time Savi began the play, playing a ball towards Bresciani. The captain crossed the ball through the danger area, where fellow captain Deirdre Roberts (Braintree, Mass.) controlled the ball and scored to make it 2-0.

Merrimack scored twice in less than two minutes to begin the game.

Neither team scored in the remaining 43 minutes of the first half. The Warriors outshot the Knights 13-3 heading into the halftime break.

In the 61st minute, Savi scored one of the best goals of the season for Merrimack. She played a corner kick into the box, in-swinging the ball with her left foot. The ball carried all the way into the net, notching the junior her second goal of the game and sixth of the season.

Freshman Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) tallied four second-half saves as she continues to impress in her rookie season. Junior Meghan Gulbrandsen (Haverhill, Mass.) started the game and picked up her fifth win of the year.

Inside The Numbers
Savi now has 19 points on the season, setting a new career high in that category. She already has a career high in assists (7)
More Savi: The Dedham native needs two more goals to notch the most in a season through her two-plus years with Merrimack. The five-point effort ties the most she has totaled in a single game
Bresciani’s two-assist game provided her with the first two helpers of her senior campaign. She now has 12 assists and 32 points over her 72 games with the Warriors
Giacalone’s assist on Savi’s first goal was the first helper of her career

Up Next
The Warriors hit the road on Wednesday, as they take on Stonehill at 3:30 p.m.

About the Author

Mike McMahon
Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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