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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's soccer team dropped a tough, 3-0, battle against the No. 4 Saint Rose Golden Knights Saturday afternoon at Martone-Mejail Field.
Score: Merrimack 0 | No. 4 Saint Rose 3
Records: Merrimack (7-4-2, 5-3-2) | Saint Rose (13-0-1, 9-0-1)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
How It Happened
In the opening minutes of play, Merrimack forward Jenna Zechner (Billerica, Mass.) had the opportunity to put the Warriors ahead but could not find the back of the net against the Golden Knights keeper. As the half progress, Saint Rose took control of the game and an early 1-0 lead over Merrimack. Saint Rose forward Kristen Carr dribbled pass two defenders to find the bottom right side of the net, to score her fifth goal of the season.
Even though, Merrimack was outshot, 10-2, in the first half, the Warriors' defense came out pressuring the Golden Knights in the opening minutes. With pressure on the Golden Knights' offense, midfielder Sydney Bond was able to find the right side of the net in the 62nd minute of play to extend the lead to 2-0.
With the clock slowly winding down, both Merrimack and Saint Rose were not giving up. Zechner had the opportunity to cut the lead in half but her shot was blocked by a Golden Knight defender. In the 86th minute of play, Sammy Blizzard was able to put the ball over goalkeeper Nicole Curtis (Billerica, Mass.) to give Saint Rose a strong, 3-0, lead.
Rookie Alana Vecchiarello (Peabody, Mass.) took the final shot of the game for the Warriors but her shot was saved by Jessica Gerski.
A Closer Look
- Saint Rose held an 18-4 advantage in shots, while tallied nine corners kicks against the Warriors.
- Merrimack posted 12 fouls and the Golden Knights collected seven.
- Curtis recorded six saves on the afternoon, while Gerski tallied only one save.
- Zechner had a team-high three shots and Vechiarello tallied just one.
What They Said
"This was a tough game for us to lose but I am happy with how the girls played," said head coach Gabe Mejail. "Sadly we couldn't get out offense going but all we can do is learn from this game and focus on the next."
The Warriors return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when the women's soccer team play host to the Saint Michael Purple Knights for a Northeast-10 showdown. The game is scheduled for approximately 4 p.m.