SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Gordon and Curry both pulled off upsets in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Soccer Championship Tournament to advance to the semifinal round on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Gordon, the eighth seed this year, was able to take down Roger Williams, the two-time reigning CCC Champion, with two goals in the final five minutes of the match to earn the 2-1 result. Fifth seed Curry's upset was a come-from-behind victory as well as the Colonels scored two second-half goals to move past fourth seeded University of New England, 2-1. The Fighting Scots and Colonels will now meet in a semifinal matchup with Curry playing host at 6:30 p.m.
In the other half of the bracket, No. 2 seed Wentworth and No. 3 seed Endicott both earned 3-0 wins against No. 7 Western New England and No. 6 Salve Regina, respectively. The Leopards will host the Gulls in the other semifinal on Tuesday with kickoff scheduled for 6 p.m.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Women's Soccer Championship match which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5. The CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA DIII Women's Soccer Championship.
#8 Gordon 2, #1 Roger Williams 1
BRISTOL, R.I. – The No. 8 seed Gordon College stunned the top-seeded Roger Williams University Women's Soccer team, pulling off a 2-1 upset win over Saturday afternoon in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Quarterfinals.
Despite being outshot 25-6 on the day, Gordon scored twice in the final five minutes to halt Roger Williams' bid for a third consecutive CCC Championship.
The early part of the game saw Roger Williams control the ball for a majority of the time, looking for the good chance to score. Gordon's defense did a good job keeping the Hawks from getting clear looks at the goal, but still had trouble not allowing shot for RWU.
Roger Williams outshot the Fighting Scots 7-0 over the first 20 minutes of play. RWU's best chance was a free kick by Kristen Casey (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) that was easily snagged by Kali Denty (Marshfield, Mass.).
Gordon nearly scored on their first shot of the game in the 26th minute. Jill Kefelas (Wenham, Mass.) brought the ball down the left side and found Lexi Potter (South Glen Falls, N.Y.) cutting to the middle of the box. Potter got the ball and got shot off but was denied on a great sliding save by Sydney Martin (Scarborough, Maine).
Roger Williams came close to putting the first score on the board in the 37th minute. Ericca Broderick (Great Barrington, Mass.) sent a long pass to the middle of the box to Kasey Provost (Peabody, Mass.). Provost tried to one-time the ball into the right corner, but just sent it wide by a couple of feet.
Despite the Hawks holding a 15-1 advantage on shots in the first half, the game remained scoreless entering the second period.
Jenna Hart (Cheshire, Conn.) had a pair of good looks on goal in the beginning part of the second half. The first was a waist-high kick from the left side of the box off of a free kick in the 54th minute. Then she followed that with a twisting shot from five yards out on the right side four minutes left. Fortunately for Gordon, both of her attempts would be turned away by Denty.
Roger Williams' perseverance finally paid off in the 63rd minute. Hart found Alli Santacroce (Burlington, Conn.) on the right side for a shot attempt. Santacroce put her attempt just a bit high but caught a fortunate bounce off the underside of the crossbar. The ball would trickle backwards and just cross the goal line, putting RWU up 1-0.
Raleigh LeMiere-Barnes (Los Angeles, Calif.) almost added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute. Broderick fed her a leading pass, allowing her a one-on-one chance with the goalie. However, LeMiere-Barnes waited just a bit too long to get a shot off, allowing Denty to get in position to make a save.
Then in the 85th minute, a questionable yellow card on the Hawks led to a free kick for the Fighting Scots. Kay Silveira (Bristol, R.I.) stepped up and booted a long kick on target to the goal. Martin managed to backpedal, leap, and get both hands on the ball, but it just slipped out of her hands and trickle in to tie the game at one apiece.
Then a minute later, Gordon's Tori Caswell (Uxbridge, Mass.) launched a long cross-field pass to an open Kefalas on the left side. Kefalas would bring the ball into the box and slot a goal in the right corner to swing the game completely in Gordon's favor.
The Hawks tried to rally in the final three minutes of play, but could not get a shot off. An offsides call with just under two minutes remaining erased RWU's best chance at sending the game to overtime, allowing Gordon to pull off the upset.
Denty finished the day with 12 saves, while Martin had two stops for RWU.
On Tuesday, Gordon (7-9-2) will travel No. 5 Curry for a quarterfinal matchup. Roger Williams closes out the year at 10-8-2.
Story courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#2 Wentworth 3, #7 Western New England 0
BOSTON, Mass. – Junior Ali Leach (Stowe, Vt.) scored a goal and added an assist to help pace the second-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology women's soccer team to a 3-0 victory over seventh-seeded Western New England in a Commonwealth Coast Conference quarterfinal round contest Saturday afternoon on Sweeney Field.
With the win the Leopards improve to 13-3-3 and will host a semifinal round contest on Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. against third-seeded Endicott. The Golden Bears see their season come to an end with a 6-11-3 record.
The Leopards scored on the second shot of the contest as senior Amanda Weinberger (Colchester, Conn.) netted her team-leading ninth marker of the season at 9:22. Classmate Mary Pastorelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) sent a long through ball down the middle of the field where Weinberger deposited a shot in the lower left corner of the net.
Despite holding an 8-4 shot advantage over the first 45:00, Wentworth was unable to add onto its lead. In the 27th minute, junior Emily Richard (Fremont, N.H.) fired a shot off the crossbar where Weinberger shot the rebound, however sophomore Marissa Veilleux (Newington, Conn.) made a save.
Wentworth wasted little time in the second half adding to its lead when Leach scored just 53 seconds into the stanza. Freshman Sidney Brogan (Los Angeles, Calif.) sent a pass along the left side to Leach, who rifled a shot to the upper right corner.
Less than two minutes later Leach assisted on sophomore Madyson Reno's (Simi Valley, Calif.) goal. Leach fed Reno who fired a shot from the top of the box and went off Veilleux's hands and in.
Sophomore Micaela Robinson (Goshen, N.Y.) made three saves to pick up the shutout. Veilleux made four saves in 68:43 while freshman Alexandra Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) made four saves over the final 21:17. Wentworth had a 20-7 advantage on shots while Western New England had the edge on corner kicks, 4-3.
Story courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.
#3 Endicott 3, #6 Salve Regina 0
BEVERLY, Mass. - The Endicott women's soccer team advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinals by defeating Salve Regina 3-0 on Saturday night. The Gulls scored three first half goals, two by sophomore Sharlotte Pernice (West Springfield, Mass.), to move to 13-3-2 (7-2-0 CCC) on the season.
Endicott moves on to face No. 2 Wentworth, a team that defeated No. 7 Western New England 3-0 in other CCC quarterfinal action. The bottom half of the bracket held true to seeding while the top half saw two upsets, in No. 8 Gordon's 2-1 win over No. 1 Roger Williams, and No. 5 Curry's 2-1 win over No. 4 UNE.
The Gulls got the scoring underway in the 18th minute when sophomore Mary Verneris (Hamden, Conn.) buried a header, her fifth goal of the season, off a Paige Pratt (Topsfield, Mass.) cross into the box.
Pernice then would score twice, just over two minutes apart, to put the Gulls up 3-0 for good. Her first, at the 22:03 mark of the first half, came off a free kick just outside the box. Pernice then scored at the 24:11 mark to give her 10 goals on the season. The strike came from 20 yards out and gives her 25 points to date on the campaign.
BEYOND THE BOX
- The women advance to the CCC semifinal round for the second straight year as the Gulls look to claim their first title since the 2013 season.
- Endicott out-shot the visitors 13-3 on the night, with seven of those 13 shots being on goal. Endicott keeper Caroline Armbruster (Stowe, Vt.) made three saves to record her seventh shutout of the season.
- Verneris' goal, the eventual game-winner, was her first goal since a two-goal match in the team's 4-0 win over Nichols on September 30. In that match-up, her first goal also proved to be the game-winner.
- The Gulls have now advanced to the semifinals or finals in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
FOR THE FOES
- Keeper Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.) made four saves in the setback, after making two saves the last time she saw the Gulls in just over a half of work.
- Alex Carreira (Rocky Hill, Conn.), Abby McMackin (Walpole, Mass.) and Raine Oesterle (Monroe, Conn.) all recorded one shot and one shot on goal in the match.
- The Seahawks end their season with a record of 8-8-3 overall, 3-4-2 in conference play.
Story courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#5 Curry 2, #4 University of New England 1
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Curry College got a pair of second-half goals and an outstanding goalkeeping performance from Morgan Stott (Dartmouth, Mass.) to defeat the University of England, 2-1, in the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Saturday (Oct. 29) at Barbara J. Hazard Field.
The fifth-seeded Colonels (11-7-2) advance to host No. 8 Gordon College, a 2-1 upset winner over top-seeded Roger Williams University. The fourth-seeded Nor'easters conclude their season with a record of 9-6-2.
Devon Wolfenden (East Longmeadow, Mass.) had given the Nor'easters a 1-0 first-half lead, converting a feed from Anna Michaud (Hampden, Maine) with a high shot from just inside the 18 that eluded Stott's outstretched arms.
The Nor'easters held Curry without a shot in the opening 45 minutes while taking 12 of their own.
The Colonels drew even 4:07 into the second frame when a shot by Amanda Crisfulla (Raynham, Mass.) -- Curry's first of the afternoon -- hit the right post. Megan Ladner (Bourne, Mass.) was on the spot to clean up the rebound.
Kelly Parker (Branford, Conn.) would notch the game-winner in the 68th minute. Kaitlyn Lima (New Bedford, Mass.) found Parker with a pass from the middle of the field towards the left, and Parker deposited the feed into the back of the net from 16 yards away.
UNE nearly tied the match three minutes later, but a bid by Jessica Meader (Scarborough, Maine) struck the right post and rolled wide.
Stott would make an outstanding save of a point-blank shot by Kara Hecker (Harrison Township, Mich.) with 2:10 remaining to help preserve the victory. Stott finished with 13 saves, as the Nor'easters outshot Curry by a margin of 30-8.
Brielle Robinson (Monson, Mass.) had three stops for UNE.
Story courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
(Matches hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Oct. 29
Semifinals – Tuesday, Nov. 1
#8 Gordon at #5 Curry, 6:30 p.m.
#3 Endicott at #2 Wentworth, 6 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 5
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBA
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.