MANCHESTER, N.H. – After 90 minutes weren’t enough to determine a victor, Southern New Hampshire’s Gaby Cappello ripped home the game-winner into the upper-right corner of the net, as the Merrimack College women’s soccer team suffered a 1-0, double-overtime setback on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Larkin Field.
Score: Southern N.H. 1, Merrimack 0 (F/2OT)
Records: Merrimack (3-2-1, 1-2-1 NE-10) | Southern N.H. (3-3-1, 1-2 NE-10)
Location: Larkin Field | Manchester, N.H.
What They Said
Head Coach Gabe Mejail: “Once again, I thought we had our chances, but it just wasn’t enough. We’re a very young team and we need to take advantage of the opportunities when they’re presented to us.”
How It Happened
In a game that saw neither side dominate any particular category, both teams fought through 90 minutes of scoreless soccer to send the game to overtime.
Merrimack commanded the first overtime session, attempting all three shots in the 10-minute frame, highlighted by a chance from sophomore Bianca Giacalone (Gloucester, Mass.) that was turned away by SNHU netminder Autumn Scanlon, sending the game to a second, sudden-victory overtime period.
In the second overtime frame, it was all SNHU, as the hosts attempted the first two shots – one saved, another wide – and finally, after a corner kick service by Alexa Poulin wound up at the top of the box, Cappello buried it in the upper-right 90 to end it.
The loss extended Merrimack’s winless stretch to a season-high three games and handed the Warriors their first string of consecutive losses in 2014 after a 2-0 road setback at Pace on Saturday.
Inside The Numbers
Merrimack held a 16-13 advantage in shot attempts, but SNHU held the upper edge in shots on goal (8-5)
Merrimack also controlled the corner kick margin (7-5), but SNHU’s fifth of the game was the one that won it
Both sides combined for 25 fouls of which 15 were committed by the hosts
Junior Meghan Gulbrandsen (Haverhill, Mass.) started and played all 106:31, finishing with seven saves against the eight shots she faced
Merrimack returns home this Saturday (Sept. 27) to continue NE-10 action against Le Moyne. First kick is set for 1 p.m.
Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike is also on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN