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WSOC PREVIEW: Merrimack Plays Post in ECAC Semifinals Friday

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Merrimack Women's Soccer v LIU Post at Martone-Mejail Field in N. Andover, MA on September 9, 2015. Photo: Mike Gridley

WATERBURY, Conn. – The first-seeded Merrimack College women’s soccer team will battle with the host school and fourth-seeded Post University in the semifinals of the 2015 Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships on Friday afternoon.

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The Basics
Date/Time:
 Nov. 13, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Records: Merrimack (12-5-3)
 | Post (9-6-2)
Location:
 Lamoy Field | Waterbury, Conn.

ECAC Women’s Soccer Championship

Friday, November 13 – Semifinals
Match 1: #2 Pace vs. #3 Mercy – 11:30 a.m.
Match 2: #1 Merrimack vs. #4 Post – 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 15 – Finals
Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2 – 11:00 a.m.

Last Time Out:
The Warriors would fall in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Semifinals last Friday in their most recent game, losing in heartbreaking fashion in double overtime to first-seeded and 12th-ranked Adelphi, 2-1. Merrimack was the five seed in the tournament.

Merrimack’s lone goal was scored in the 18th minute for the first of the game by sophomore Mia Reed (Essex Junction, Vt.) for what was also her first of the season. That 1-0 lead would hold until the 66th minute when Adelphi would tie the score. The game-winner for the Panthers would come in the 107th minute after a scrum in front of the net.

ECAC Championship History

This is the 11th appearance for the Warriors in the ECAC Championships and first since 2000, when Merrimack won it all. In their previous 10 selections, the Warriors have advanced to the ECAC Finals four times and won the Championship twice, with the other title coming in 1988.

History vs. Post:
These two teams have only faced off twice in the history of both programs, with both games being played during the 2002-2004 seasons. The Warriors were an undefeated 2-0 in both of those matchups.

The Warriors:

  • In 20 games this season, senior Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) has been the leading scorer for the Warriors in her final campaign, as she will enter Friday tied for the team lead in goals (7), and leading the team in assists (12) and points (26).
  • Displaying true depth, Merrimack and head coach Gabe Mejail have seen 31 different Warriors touch the field for the squad this year, an incredible number compared to the likes of Post’s 21.
  • Senior captain Heather Hastbacka (Weston, Fla.) will look to continue to lead the Warriors’ backline entering the ECAC’s, a unit that has allowed just over one goal per game (1.05).

The Eagles:

  • The Post Eagles enter Friday with a record of 9-6-2 on the season, and are coming off a loss to Philadelphia University in the CACC Semifinals last Tuesday, Nov 3. The Eagles fell in penalty kicks, 4-1.
  • Katharina Mertz has been the leading goal-getter for the Eagles, tallying nine goals to go with two assists on the season for 20 points. Lexxi Carroll has also contributed to the offense, scoring seven times with six assists and also tallying 20 points.
  • Laura Morgan has started and played in all 17 games for the Eagles in net, posting a 0.73 goals-against average and a .806 save percentage.

Up Next
With a win, the Warriors would play in the ECAC Championship on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. against the winner of Pace and Mercy.

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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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