SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – All three teams that hosted Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals on Sunday (Oct. 28) were victorious earning them each a spot in the CCC Semifinals on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
No. 2 seed Gordon defeated No. 7 seed Wentworth, 2-0, and No. 3 seed University of New England knocked off No. 6 seed Salve Regina, 4-0. No. 4 seed Western New England and No. 5 seed Roger Williams played to 1-1 draw with the Golden Bears advancing in penalties. They won the shootout 3-0.
WNE will move on to play top-seeded Endicott, which earned a bye into the CCC Semifinals, at 7 p.m. The Fighting Scots will host the Nor'easters in the other CCC Seminal at 3 p.m.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the 2018 CCC Women's Soccer Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 3. The winner of the title match will be named the 2018 CCC Women's Soccer Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 201 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
#2 Gordon 2, #7 Wentworth 0
WENHAM, Mass. – Hosting the Leopards of Wentworth Institute of Technology at the Brigham Athletic Complex today in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) quarterfinals, the Fighting Scots tallied a goal in each half to secure a 2-0 victory over their guests and advance to next round.
Lexi Potter (South Glens Falls, N.Y.) and Devin Lacroix (Candia, N.H.) netted a goal apiece in the win while keeper Giselle Maso (Frisco, Texas) needed just one save to preserve the shutout. Her counterpart, Christie Fleming (Braintree, Mass.), registered six saves in 90 minutes of work for the Leopards.
As both teams settled in there was very little offense from either side, with the Scots posting just two shots to Wentworth's zero in the first 15 minutes of action. That all changed in the 16th minute, though, when Ashton Barkey (Parker, Colo.) pushed a perfectly weighted through ball to Potter, who calmly one-timed it past an onrushing Fleming into the right corner pocket for the 1-0 lead. Gordon continued to press for the remainder of the half with several quality scoring opportunities– including a corner header from Monet Marshall (Redmond, Wash.) that just missed– but couldn't convert and went into the break with the slight one-goal edge.
Wasting no time getting going in the second, Asha Steele (Bedford, N.H.) served up a short corner to Lacroix at the right edge of the box, who settled and fired a blistering shot over the reaching hands of Fleming to give Gordon the 2-0 advantage just 42 seconds in. From there it was the Scots' ballgame, as they maintained the majority of possession and held an 8-1 shot advantage in the remainder of the frame to seal the W.
With the University of New England having won its quarterfinal matchup today 4-0 over Salve Regina University, the Scots will host the Nor'easters in the semifinal round on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Beyond the Box Score
- Potter has not gone back-to-back games this season without recording a goal.
- Lacroix's goal was her fifth of the year and is a new career-high for goals.
- Said head coach Chuck Breton: "Playoffs are always tough games. Our conference is so well balanced this year where everyone is beating everyone. So we went into this game knowing WIT was much better than a No. 7 seed and they certainly showed that today. It was a good result as the girls did a great job of committing to our purpose and style. In the first half we gave them a bit too much room to operate making it more difficult than we needed to. We gave the ball away too easily as well. But the team executed our halftime adjustments very well and tightened up our play and touches. I was really proud of how well we defended as a team and gave up just the three shots. We look forward to the very difficult challenge of playing UNE in the semis on Wednesday."
Game recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
#3 University of New England 4, #6 Salve Regina 0
BIDDEFORD, Maine – The third-seeded University of New England dominated sixth-seeded Salve Regina University from start-to-finish on its way to a 4-0 victory in the opening round of the 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Soccer Championship on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 28) at UNE Blue Storm Stadium. The Nor'easters advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
Jessie Maywalt (Wall, N.J.) put the hosts in front early as a cross from Katie Beaudoin (Coventry, R.I.) found her open on the left post for the score in the 2nd minute of play.
UNE (8-7-2) added some insurance in the 50th minute when Ashley Sherman (Essex, Conn.) tallied her first goal of the year with help of Beaudoin and Caroline Wilson (Tiverton, R.I.).
After just subbing in moments earlier, Kat Buscemi (Jefferson, Md.) extended the advantage to 3-0 in the 61st minute. Maywalt found Buscemi with a corner kick at the opposite post. A turnover by the Seahawks off a goal kick led to a Peighton Barker (Hooksett, N.H.) goal in the 70th minute.
Jenna Pannone (Prospect, Conn.) (3) and Emily Ashman (Madison, Conn.) (2) combined for five saves for UNE, which held a 21-6 lead in shots. Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.) made four stops for the visitors.
The Nor'easters will visit No.2 Gordon College (a 2-0 winner over No.7 Wentworth) on Wednesday. A 39th-minute goal for Gordon was all that separated the Fighting Scots and Nor'easters back on Spet. 15 in the CCC opener.
Game recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
#4 Western New England 1, #5 Roger Williams 1 - WNE advances in PKs 3-0
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Western New England University women's soccer team advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament semifinals with a penalty kick shootout victory over fifth-seeded Roger Williams University on Sunday afternoon at Suprenant Field. After the two teams played to a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, the Golden Bears emerged victorious with a 3-0 triumph in the decisive penalty shootout.
With the win, Western New England (8-7-4) moves on to the semifinal round of the CCC Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Golden Bears will travel to top-seeded Endicott College on Wednesday with a berth in the CCC Championship game on the line. Roger Williams' season concludes at 7-10-2.
Western New England's lone goal came courtesy of CCC Rookie of the Year Allison Bruehwiler (Old Saybrook, Conn.), who netted the equalizer in the second half.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Lemekha (Stamford, Conn.) made five saves for the Golden Bears and stopped the only PK attempt that was put on frame.
Junior defender Alli Santacroce (Burlington, Conn.) scored for Roger Williams with an assist from freshman Sammy Jost (Ringwood, N.J.).
The Hawks struck first in the 22nd minute when Jost sent in a cross that Santacroce was able to finish to give Roger Williams an early 1-0 lead.
The visitors maintained their one-goal edge for the remainder of the half and for the first 23+ minutes of the second period, before the Golden Bears broke through at the 68:02 mark. Following a corner kick by sophomore Bee Murphy (Monson, Mass.), Bruehwiler collected a loose ball and buried a shot into the upper left corner of the net.
Bruehwiler then nearly orchestrated the go-ahead goal for Western New England in the 70th minute, as she sent in a cross from the right side that sophomore Shawna O'Neill (Worcester, Mass.) headed off the post.
Western New England continued to pressure in the late stages of regulation, but the Golden Bears were unable to find the back of the net as the contest went to overtime.
Following the first overtime period that featured no shots on goal for either side, Western New England forced Roger Williams freshman goalkeeper Morgan McCutcheon (Danbury, Conn.) to stop a pair of shots in the second extra session. After 110 minutes of play, a penalty kick shootout was needed to decide the outcome.
Western New England sophomore Mariana Goncalves (Ludlow, Mass.) calmly converted the first attempt of the shootout, and Lemekha followed with a diving save on Roger Williams senior Jenny Nasser (Beverly, Mass.). The Golden Bears took a 2-0 lead when freshman Mackenzie Holy (West Haven, Conn.) came through on Western New England's second attempt, before Roger Williams junior Morgan Snow (Rowley, Mass.) sent her shot wide of the goal. Bruehwiler slotted home her try to give the Golden Bears a 3-0 advantage, and Santacroce was unable to put her attempt on frame as Western New England sealed the shootout win.
• Western New England outshot Roger Williams 25-11, including 7-4 in shots on goal.
• With her second half goal, Bruehwiler is now tied for the team lead in points with 15.
Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Sunday, Oct. 28
Semifinals – Wednesday, Oct. 31
#4 Western New England at #1 Endicott, 7 p.m.
#3 University of New England at #2 Gordon, 3 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3
Semifinal Winners, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.