NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd on Sunday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field, the Merrimack College women’s soccer team made history by playing in its first-ever game as a Division I program. The Warriors kicked off Merrimack’s new DI era by facing the University of Hartford – the defending regular-season champions in America East – on campus.
In the tilt that followed the pregame festivities, Hartford took a 1-0 lead in the opening half after a penalty kick, and never relented the advantage. Senior captain Erin Fulton made five first-half saves, while junior Megan Langloistallied three saves in the second half including a pair of full-extension stops.
The Warriors will now play their next five matches away from campus, including two matches this weekend in Burlington, Vt. as Merrimack competes in the TD Bank Classic hosted by the University of Vermont.
Score: Hartford 1, Merrimack 0
Records: Merrimack (0-1) | Hartford (2-0)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
- The visiting Hawks enjoyed an 11-1 advantage in shots over the first half, but Fulton’s play kept Merrimack in it. The Farmington, Conn. native totaled two saves over the first 20 minutes
- Hartford was awarded a penalty kick in the 21st minute and converted; Fulton guessed correctly, but Hartford’s Kaila Lozada slotted a shot into the bottom-left netting to make it a 1-0 game
- Merrimack’s lone shot attempt in the first half came from freshman Patricia Pallotta
- In the second half, Langlois came in an immediately stopped a Hartford breakaway, diving to her right to deflect a shot attempt away
- The Warriors’ offense picked up in the final 45, totaling four shots compared to Hartford’s five. Sophomore Erin Tyldesley recorded two attempts in the half’s first 10 minutes
- Freshman Sarah Simpson attempted a shot inside the six-yard box late in the game, but Hartford’s keeper was able to make the save in close to prevent the equalizer
Stats & Figures
- Keeper records: Junior Erin Fulton, L (5 saves, 0-1-0) // Maia Perez, W (1 saves, 2-0-0)
- Shots (SOG): MER – 5 (1) // HART – 16 (9)
- Corners: MER – 0 // HART – 10
The Warriors travel to Burlington, Vt. to partake in the TD Bank Classic, facing the University of New Hampshire on Friday at 4:30 p.m. following by the host Vermont Catamounts on Sunday at 1 p.m.