NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team would get a game-winning goal from sophomore Andrea Rego (Dartmouth, Mass.) in the 89th minute for the second time this month to push the Warriors past Assumption in a crucial Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Tuesday night.
Score: Merrimack 2, Assumption 1
Records: Merrimack (9-3-3, 6-3-2 NE-10) | Assumption (8-6, 6-5 NE-10)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
In what has been her specialty all season, senior Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) delivered two perfect balls off of corner kicks that would go for assists, including the one in the 89th minute that would be put home by Rego for the game-winner. The cross to Rego was placed just in front of the near post by Savi, making for a very difficult ball to defend. The ball would fly into a group of players and somehow find the head of Rego, who was able to put it just inside the post where no one could get to it for the winner.
Merrimack’s first goal, also off of a corner from Savi, was similar to the game-winner but placed differently, showing Savi’s variety of corner approaches. Recognizing the defensive presence on the near side of the net, Savi would deliver ball to the far side of the net. The pristine accuracy of the pass required freshman Gigi Guenther (Webster, Mass.) to do very little, as she redirected the pass with her head into the goal from no more than a yard out. Guenther’s goal in the 79th minute would tie the game at one all.
Assumption got out to an early lead in the contest, scoring just 3:25 into the game to take a one score lead. The Greyhounds lone goal would, like Merrimack’s, come off of a corner kick. Assumption held that one score lead for the next 75 minutes until the two scores in the final 11 minutes for the Warriors put them on top.
Inside The Numbers
- Savi’s two assists now put her at 11 on the season, which is first in the NE-10. They also bump her up to 23 points on the year, good enough for a tie for second in the conference.
- With three saves in her shutout second half and the win, senior goalkeeper Meghan Gulbrandsen (Haverhill, Mass.) improves her record on the season to an undefeated 6-0-1. She is third in the conference with just 7 goals against
- With the win over Assumption, the Warriors jump from seventh to fifth in the NE-10 standings. Top four teams host opening round playoff games.
The Warriors continue to round out their regular season with big conference games as they head to Saint Anselm to battle with the Hawks on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.