WOMEN'S SOCCER KNOCKED OUT OF LITTLE EAST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS BY EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE, 4-0MANSFIELD, CT - Freshman midfielder Kelly Wallace (South Windsor, CT) netted a career-high two goals and assisted on another to lead the number two seed Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team over visiting third-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-0, today in the semifinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
The Beacons fall to 14-5-1 on the season and will await the announcement for the postseason field for either the NCAA or ECAC New England tournament, while the Warriors advance to the championship game on Saturday, November 7 at 12:00 p.m. vs. the winner of number one seed Keene State College and number four seed Western Connecticut State University.
Eastern Connecticut State owned a 9-2 shot advantage in a first half that saw it score all four of the afternoon's goals against a UMass Boston defense that was without a pair of key defenders, due to illness.
Wallace assisted on the Warriors' second tally with a cross from the right side to sophomore midfielder Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel, CT), who dribbled the ball inside the box and found the back of the net for her fourth goal of the season at the 15:51 mark of the first half for a 2-0 margin. Wallace gave Eastern Connecticut State a 3-0 lead when senior defender Christine Lemieux (South Windsor, CT) and freshman defender Rachel Cutler (Guilford, CT) combined to find her for a shot from the right side that crossed the goal line at 38:14 of the first stanza. Wallace capped the scoring for the Warriors with a similar shot with Lemieux and sophomore forward Lauren Greeney (Bethel, CT) assisting for her fourth goal of the season coming just 3:52 before the intermission.
Freshman forward Daniela Marchitto (Orange, CT) put Eastern Connecticut State on the board just 9:14 into the match when she beat a Beacons' defender and scored one-on-one with the UMass Boston keeper. The score ended senior keeper Jessica Penta's (Revere, MA) school-record streak of consecutive minutes without a goal allowed at 509:28 for the Beacons.
UMass Boston held the Warriors scoreless in the second half, but couldn't break into the scoring column themselves.
Penta finished the afternoon with five saves, while senior goalie Kim Church (Farmington, CT) stopped two shots in 80:30 of action for Eastern Connecticut State, before yielding to sophomore keeper Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford, CT) for the final 9:30 of play in the second half. The Warriors ended the contest with a 15-5 shot advantage.