November 4, 2011

Merrimack Tops Women's Soccer in Overtime in NE-10 Semifinal Action

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.—Danielle Dion scored in the 100th minute to lead the No. 2 Merrimack College Warriors to a 2-1 overtime win over the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University in the semifinal round of the Northeast-10 Conference tournament. 

The Penmen, who fall to 10-8-2, are currently ranked sixth in the Northeast Region and await the announcement of a potential NCAA tournament seed.  The field will be announced on Monday afternoon. 

After a scoreless first period, the Penmen would get on the board first as Ariel Teixeira (Warren, R.I.) scored on a free kick in the 56th minute.  The Penmen would maintain the 1-0 lead until the 74th minute, when Merrimack's Laura Sprang would collect a pass from Gabriella Vega and place it past SNHU goalkeeper Maggie Weldon (Manchester, N.H.) to force overtime.

With 36 seconds remaining in the 10 minute overtime period, Dion collected a pass from Sprang in the box and one-touched it to solidify the 2-1 win.

Weldon tallied two saves in net for the Penmen, while Warriors goalkeeper Kiley Horne recorded six saves en route to the win.  SNHU outshot Merrimack 18-10 on the afternoon, but the Warriors posted a narrow 3-1 shot advantage in overtime.

With the win, the Warriors improve to 16-2-1 and advance to the championship game against the top-seeded College of Saint Rose on Sunday afternoon.