BURLINGTON, Vt. – Trailing 1-0 as time ticked away in the second half, the Merrimack College women’s soccer team saw junior Izzy McDonnell and sophomore Rebecca Harty score goals within an 11- minute span that delivered the Warriors a 2-1 win over the University of Vermont at Virtue Field. The win improved Merrimack’s record to 1-2 on the year, and gave the program its first ever victory at the Division I level.
Score: Merrimack 2, UVM 1
Records: Merrimack (1-2) | UVM (2-2)
Location: Virtue Field | Burlington, Vt.
- Merrimack withstood a strong first 45 minutes from the Catamounts, thanks in large part to the play of senior goalkeeper Erin Fulton. The team captain stopped all five of Vermont’s shots on goal, keeping the game scoreless through 45 minutes
- Junior Megan Langlois took over and saved the first shot she saw, but Vermont scored in the 49th minute to take a 1-0 edge
- Langlois totaled three more saves after Vermont’s goal before the Warriors equalized. In the 69th minute, Merrimack broke in on goal with Murnane feeding a pass across the box to McDonnell. The third-year forward pocketed a right-footed strike, tying the game at 1-1
- After returning to the pitch in the 71st minute, Harty netted the game-winner in the 80th minute to give the Warriors their first lead of the 2019 season
- The 2-1 score held up as Merrimack’s defense prevented the Catamounts from registering a shot on goal over the final 10 minutes
Stats & Figures
- Harty picked a perfect time to record her first collegiate the goal; in 16 games as a rookie, the North Andover, Mass. native posted one point on an assist with 12 shots
- Merrimack bested Vermont in the first-ever match between the New England schools
- Keeper records: Langlois, W (4 saves, 1-1-0) // Lydia Kessel, L (2 saves, 0-2-0)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 8 (4) // UVM – 21 (10)
- Corners: MER – 1 // UVM – 5
Merrimack heads to Maine to face its third straight America East foe Saturday evening at 5 p.m. in Orono.