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WSOC: Gada’s Goal Leads Merrimack Past Le Moyne

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s soccer team scored two-unanswered goals to defeat  Le Moyne College 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in a Northeast-10 clash.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2
 | Le Moyne 1
Records: Merrimack (4-2-1, 2-2-1 NE-10)
 | Le Moyne (4-4-1, 2-2-1 NE-10)
 Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.

How It Happened
During a game that saw head coach Gabe Mejail delve deep into his bench as both teams dealt with hot conditions, the Warriors pulled out a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

The Navy and Gold would outshoot the Dolphins 10-1 in the first half, but that didn’t prevent the visitors from scoring first. Freshman Kirsten Colgrove sent a cross into the box where Kelly Ristoff one-timed a shot past goalkeeper Meghan Gulbrandsen (Haverhill, Mass.).

It appeared the first-half would end 1-0, but the Warriors substitutes had other ideas. With less than 30 seconds remaining, freshman Victoria Carter (Smithfield, R.I.) made a run down the right-side and crossed the ball into the box to Alana Vecchiarello (Peabody, Mass.). The sophomore corralled the ball, moved it onto her left foot, and placed a perfect shot into the top-left corner of the net to tie the game 1-1.

In the second-half, Merrimack maintained their attacking pressure, leading to a goal. In the 60th minute, a Merrimack corner kick was cleared outside the box. Junior Deirdre Roberts (Braintree, Mass.) jumped on the loose ball, sending a cross onto the head of Megan Gada (Bozrah, Conn.). Gada, striking the ball with force, sent the header into the net to give Merrimack their first lead of the afternoon.

Making her fourth straight appearance, Molly Meehan (Fairfield, Conn.) made seven second-half saves to secure the 2-1 win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Gada, a sophomore, scored her first career goal in her 25th appearance.
  • Carter notched her first career point, becoming the fourth freshman on Merrimack to tally a point this year.
  • Vecchiarello netted her first goal of the season. Last year as a freshman, she finished tied for second on the Warriors with five goals.
  • Merrimack certainly could have scored more than just the two goals. They outshot Le Moyne 17-11 and controlled the majority of the possession.

Up Next
The Warriors take a step out of Northeast-10 play when they travel to play Bloomfield at 7 p.m. on Monday.

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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