SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After both capturing 1-0 victories in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinals, second seed Wentworth and eighth seed Gordon will meet in the CCC Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 5. Start time is set for noon.
As the higher seed, Wentworth will host Saturday's Championship. The Leopards earned a championship berth thanks to an Ali Leach (Stowe, Vt.) tally in the eighth minute. The hosts made that lead stand up for the remaining 82 to advance to the CCC title match.
The scoring came late in the other CCC Semifinal as it took until minute 102 for Gordon to put away the game-clinching tally against fifth seed Curry. Sophomore Tori Caswell (Uxbridge, Mass.) scored the game-winner for the Fighting Scots as they make their fourth CCC Championship appearance in five years.
When Gordon and Wentworth met in the regular season the Leopards came away with a 5-0 victory.
The CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA DIII Women's Soccer Championship.
#2 Wentworth 1, #3 Endicott 0
BOSTON, Mass. – For the second time in the last three seasons and third time in program history, the Wentworth Institute of Technology women's soccer team has earned a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship game. The second-seeded Leopards, who will host the championship for the first time this coming Saturday (Nov. 5), punched their ticket with a 1-0 win over third-seeded Endicott in a semifinal match on Tuesday night.
With the win Wentworth improves to 14-3-3 and will host eighth seeded Gordon for the CCC championship and the right to go to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Tournament. The Gulls see their season end with a 13-4-2 record.
Endicott carried play in the opening moments of the contest and had a corner kick in the fourth minute. Freshman Larissa Cade (Middlefield, Conn.) sent the kick in towards the box, however the shot attempt by junior Paige Pratt (Topsfield, Mass.) went wide.
Play continued throughout the middle of the field when the Leopards gained possession and would score the lone goal of the contest. Senior midfielder Amanda Weinberger (Colchester, Conn.) brought the ball in and sent a pass to junior Ali Leach (Stowe, Vt.). Leach took a shot from the top right side of the box which went off junior keeper Caroline Armbruster's (Stowe, Vt.) hands and in.
Wentworth continued to mount pressure and carried play for the remainder of the opening half. The Leopards had a 9-5 shot advantage at the break, with five of the Leopard's nine shots going on target.
In the 74th minute, senior Michelle Murphy (West Islip, N.Y.) nearly gave the hosts a 2-0 lead when she fired a shot from 30 yards out in which Armbruster leaped and tipped the ball over the crossbar at the last second.
Endicott had a pair of shot attempts in the final 13 minutes of play, however neither were on target. The Gulls had possession with time winding down, however heads-up defense cleared the ball out of the Wentworth end and ran the clock down.
Sophomore Micaela Robinson (Goshen, N.Y.) made a pair of saves to record the shutout. Armbruster made five saves in the loss. Wentworth had a 12-8 shot advantage and a 5-2 advantage on corner kicks.
Game story courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.
#8 Gordon 1, #5 Curry 0 – 2OT
MILTON, Mass. - On Tuesday night at the Walter M. Katz Field the #5 seed Curry College hosted the #8 seed Gordon College in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Women's Soccer Semifinal game. The Fighting Scots earned a trip to the CCC Championship after defeating the Colonels, 1-0, in double overtime. The loss drops Curry to 11-8-2 overall. With the win Gordon improves to 8-9-2.
The teams battled each other over the first 45 minutes of play to a 0-0 halftime score. Gordon held the advantage in shots at 6-2. Just two of the Fighting Scots shots however were on net with the Colonels senior goaltender Morgan Stott (Dartmouth, Mass.) making both stops. Curry's two shots were just wide of the net. Gordon's freshman goaltender Kali Denty (Marshfield, Mass.) didn't face a shot to save. The Fighting Scots had two corner kicks while the Colonels had zero.
The second half was similar to the first with Gordon controlling most of the play. The Fighting Scots had another six shots with five landing on net. Stott was solid between the pipes making all five stops to hold Gordon scoreless. Curry was unable to get a shot off as the Fighting Scots defense played tough. Gordon added another two corner kicks while the Colonels earned one. After 90 minutes of play the score remained 0-0 causing the teams to head into overtime. Gordon held a 12-2 lead in shots and 4-1 in corner kicks.
After 10 minutes of the first overtime, neither team could tally the game-winning goal. Gordon got just one shot off but Stott made the save to send the squads into the second overtime. With just 1:14 off the clock, the Fighting Scotts took their final shot of the match which resulted in a goal and the 1-0 victory. Gordon gained possession to start and held it in their offensive zone for the 1:14 of play. Curry tried clearing the ball but sophomore Tori Caswell (Uxbridge, Mass.) blocked it and one-timed it low into the back of the net. This was Carswell's first on the season. Stott made a great attempt to deny the game-winning score as she dove to make the save but came up unsuccessful.
Gordon outshot Curry 14-2 and held a slight advantage in corner kicks at 2-1.
Stott made eight saves in goal for the Colonels in 101:14 minutes. Denty didn't face a shot in 101:14 in net to earn the shutout win for the Fighting Scotts.
Curry will wait to hear if they will play in the ECAC tournament concluding the CCC Championship. Gordon is next in action on Saturday, Nov. 5 when they travel to the #2 seed Wentworth for the Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship game.
Game story courtesy of the Curry Sports Information Department.
(Matches hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Oct. 29
Semifinals – Tuesday, Nov. 1
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 5
#8 Gordon at #2 Wentworth, Noon
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.