When and Where: October 4, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Merrimack College 1, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Merrimack 4-4-2 (2-3-2 NE-10), SNHU 6-5-1 (3-4-1 NE-10)
Junior goalkeeper Paige Salmon (W. Hempstead, N.Y.) made three saves, but the Southern New Hampshire University women's soccer team came out on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision against Merrimack College on Tuesday evening in a game televised on NESNplus and NESN National at Larkin Field.
After Merrimack controlled the first half of the opening stanza, Southern New Hampshire began to generate scoring opportunities, including a dangerous chance when sophomore Miranda Peloquin (Greenville, R.I.) carried the ball to the top of the box before hitting a blast that went just wide of the left post.
Salmon kept it scoreless in the 32nd minute when Bianca Giacalone made a long run toward the right side of the box and was barely able to get a shot off before Salmon came out to challenge and clipped enough of the shot as she slid to the turf for the ball to redirect and roll wide to the left.
Merrimack did jump on the board early in the 40th minute, however, when Sarah Boucher brought the ball up the middle of the field and looped a shot from the top of the box over the head of Salmon and into the top right corner of the net to make it 1-0.
The Penmen controlled the second half and created a handful of chances, but could not find the back of the net. Junior Abigail Maker (Naples, Maine) had an opportunity to tie it in the 58th minute when she ended up with the ball on her foot from 10 yards out and hit a rocket right at Merrimack goalkeeper Molly Meehan, who made the stop.
-Four of the five Penmen losses this season have come by a single goal.
-Salmon made all three of her saves in the first half, while Meehan racked up 12 stops for Merrimack.
-Southern New Hampshire outshot Merrimack, 19-6, including 13-1 in the second frame, while corner kicks were even at five apiece.
-The Penmen held their annual pink game to benefit Catholic Medical Center's Breast Care Center.
The Penmen return to action Sunday, Oct. 9 (1 p.m.) when they take on Pace University. The next home match for SNHU is Saturday, Oct. 22 (4 p.m.) when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Larkin.
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