Dion, Downey Lead Women's Soccer Over Bentley, 2-0, Wednesday Night

DANIELLE DION TALLIED A GOAL AND AN ASSIST FOR THE WARRIORS IN WEDNESDAY'S ROAD WIN

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WALTHAM, Mass. – Guided by senior forward Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) and freshman forward Olivia Downey (Melrose, Mass.), the Merrimack College women's soccer team posted a 2-0 shutout victory on the road against Bentley University on Wednesday night.

The Basics
Score: Merrimack 2 |
Bentley 0 
Records: Merrimack (9-5-2, 7-4-2)
| Bentley (2-11-2, 1-10-2)
Location:
Football Field | Waltham, Mass.

How It Happened

In the opening two minutes, Merrimack came out strong and had back-to-back opportunities to score by sophomore Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) and junior Sarah Coakley (Medway, Mass.). Dion scored her fourth goal of the season after taking a shot from 12 yards out to find the upper left corner of the net.  Senior Jackie Sullivan (North Andover, Mass.) was credited her seventh assist on Dion's goal.

The Warriors clasped to the lead 1-0 at the end of 45 minutes of play. The host outshot Merrimack 9-8 in the first half, while Merrimack earned all three corner kicks awarded.

Downey buried her first career goal in the 75th minute of play to extend the Warriors lead to 2-0. Downey was able to sneak the ball passed the keeper after Dion's shot attempt was rebounded off a save from Falcon keeper Christiana Hynds.

The Navy and Gold managed to shut down the Falcons' offense and keep the defense on their toes taking 11 shots in the second half. Senior Nicole Curtis (Billerica, Mass.) tallied four saves on the night, while posting her fifth clean sheet of the season.

What They Said

"I though our offense played great today and our team showed a lot of determination," said head coach Gabe Mejail. "This is a great win for us and hopefully this will push move us up in the standings as we close out the regular season this Saturday against Assumption." 

A Closer Look

  • In total, the Warriors held a 20-12 advantage in shot attempts and also led, 9-0 in corner kick attempts.
  • Both teams combined for 12 fouls over the course of the match, as well.
  • Dion finished with a team-high six shot attempts, while Sami Brady and Savi finished with four and three shot attempts, respectively.
  • Bentley forward Ana Tantum posted a team-high five shot attempts and a shot on goal.
  • Keeper Hynds registered seven saves and allowed two goals on the night.

Northeast-10 Standings
Top-eight qualify for NE-10 Championships

1. Saint Rose (11-0-2)
2. American Int'l (10-1-1)
3. Adelphi (8-1-3)
T4. Merrimack (7-4-2)
T4. New Haven (7-4-2)
6. Franklin Pierce
7. Franklin Pierce (5-5-2)
8. Saint Anselm (6-5-2)
9. Assumption (4-3-5)
10. So. Connecticut (5-6-2)
11. Stonehill (5-7-1)
12. Pace (4-8-1)
13. Le Moyne (3-8-2)
14. Bentley (1-10-2)
15. Saint Michael's (0-13)

  • The Merrimack College women's soccer team guaranteed a winning record for the 30th consecutive year - an NCAA D-II record.
  • Also qualified for the NE-10 playoffs for the 29th time, the only team to have done so for every year since the tournament started.
  • With today's win and New Haven losing to Saint Rose, both teams are tied 7-4-2 in the Northeast-10.
  • If Merrimack wins on Saturday the Warriors will host the University of New Haven Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Up Next
The women's soccer team returns home to welcome Assumption on Saturday, Nov. 2 for Senior Night. First whistle is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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