THE WARRIORS NINE-MEMBER SENIOR CLASS WAS HONORED BEFORE MERRIMACK'S 1-0 VICTORY OVER THE GREYHOUNDS
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 1-0 win at home against Assumption College Saturday afternoon. With the win, Merrimack clinches the fourth spot in the Northeast-10 Conference standings.
Prior to the start of the match, the Merrimack College women's soccer team recognized its nine seniors for their hard work and dedication over the past four years. The class of 2014 has led the Warriors to 48 victories and four trips to the Northeast-10 Conference playoffs and the NCAA Tournament their sophomore year.
Score: Merrimack 1 | Assumption 0
Records: Merrimack (10-5-2, 8-4-2) | Assumption (7-4-5, 5-4-5)
Location: Martone-Mejail Field | North Andover, Mass.
A Closer Look
Senior co-captain Danielle Dion (North Grosvenordale, Conn.) gave Merrimack a one-goal edge in the 17th minute with her fifth tally of the year. Junior Sarah Coakley (Medway, Mass.) tossed the ball to senior Sami Brady (Rockland, Mass.) who found Dion wide open. After dribbling pass the Assumption defender, Dion sent a high shot into the upper right corner.
The Warriors clasped to the 1-0 lead at the end of the 45 minutes of play. The hosts outshot the Greyhounds 9-5 in the first half, while the visitors held a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
Merrimack and Assumption battled evenly in the second stanza with neither team finding the back of the net.
Sophomore Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.) had two opportunities to score in the front of the cage by the visitors' goalkeeper maintained the one-goal deficit.
The Warriors clamped down defensively in the final minutes of the match to hold on for their 10th victory of the season.
Senior Nicole Curtis (Billerica, Mass.) stopped two shots on the day to earn her 10th win and sixth shutout of the year.
1. Saint Rose (12-0-2)
2. American International (10-1-2)
3. Adelphi (9-1-4)
4. Merrimack (8-4-2)
5. New Haven (7-4-2)
6. Saint Anselm (7-5-2)
7. Assumption (5-4-5)
8. Franklin Pierce (6-5-2)
9. So. Connecticut (5-7-2)
10. Stonehill (5-8-1)
11. Pace (5-8-1)
12. Southern New Hampshire (4-6-3)
13. Le Moyne (3-9-2)
14. Bentley (1-11-2)
15. Saint Michael's (0-14)
A Closer Look
What they Said
"We played solid defense today and that was key to us hanging on for the win," said head coach Gabe Mejail. "This was a crucial victory for us today and we took care of business."
Merrimack returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 5 when they host the No. 5 University of New Haven in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship Quarterfinals at Martone-Mejail Field. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.