SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed University of New England and No. 5 seed Endicott both earned Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinal road victories to clinch berths into the CCC Tournament Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Nor'easters will serve as hosts at 1 p.m.
UNE earned the right to host the championship match for the second year in a row after earning a 2-1 win over No. 2 seed Roger Williams. The Gulls will be making their first CCC Championship appearance since 2013 after defeating No. 1 seed Gordon in penalty kicks, 5-3, following a 1-1 result after 110 minutes.
The two championship contenders matched up in the CCC regular-season finale last week, also up in Biddeford. The Nor'easters earned the 2-1 victory in extra time.
The winner of the title match will be named the 2019 CCC Women's Soccer Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.
#3 University of New England 2, #2 Roger Williams 1
Match recap courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information Department.
BRISTOL, R.I. – No. 3 seed University of New England battled back from an early deficit to defeat No. 2 seed Roger Williams, 2-1, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women's Soccer Semifinals on Wednesday night. The Nor'easters will host No. 5 seed Endicott in the Championship on Saturday.
The Hawks took a lead in the 10th minute as Gabbi Rozumek (Woodstock, Vt.) scored her sixth goal of the season. Roger Williams controlled play in the first half as it outshot UNE 15-5 in the period.
Katie Beaudoin (Coventry, R.I.) (CCC 1st Team) found Caroline Wilson (Tiverton, R.I.) for the tying goal in the 68th minute. Just 6:51 later, Ashley Sherman (Ivoryton, Conn.) booted home the winning goal of another helper by Beaudoin. The assist was the 100th-career point for the senior as she becomes just the third Nor'easter in program history to reach the milestone.
Jenna Pannone (Prospect, Conn.) (CCC Defensive Player of the Year) was stellar in goal as she made a season-high 13 saves. Morgan Strassburg (Longmeadow, Mass.) had four saves in the loss. Total shots favored the Hawks 27-10 on the night.
Defending champion UNE will host the title game for the second straight year. The Nor'easters and Gulls will play for the championship on Saturday (Nov. 9) at 1 p.m.
#5 Endicott 1, #1 Gordon 1 (pen. 5-3 EC)
Match recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
WENHAM, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Endicott women's soccer team tied top-seeded Gordon 1-1 in double overtime in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinals on Thursday night and advanced after finishing with a 5-3 advantage in penalties. Endicott, now 10-7-2 on the season, will travel to third-seeded University of New England (UNE) on Saturday for the CCC Championship.
Endicott got on the board first, scoring just 2:29 into the contest when Jaymie Caponigro (Swampscott, Mass.) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season. The Gulls would then got three more shots off before Gordon started to counter, eventually scoring in the 22nd minute to tie the match at 1-1.
From there on out, the remainder of the match would be a great display of defensive play by both teams, limiting the offensive chances on either side of the ball. Both squads finished the first half with five shots, while the Fighting Scots held a slight 4-3 edge in the second half. Each team went on to record one shot in the first overtime before Gordon took the only shot in the second. Through two overtime periods of play, the Fighting Scots held a slim 11-9 advantage in total shots and a slight edge in corners at 8-7.
After 110 minutes of play, the two cross-town rivals would advance to penalty kicks, with the teams alternating through five attempts. All three student-athletes for each team would convert their attempts, making it 3-3 heading into the fourth round. Endicott's Hannah Lederman (Natick, Mass.) stepped up and beat the Gordon keeper to give the Gulls the 4-3 advantage with the Scots' attempt coming next. Endicott keeper Kayla Wentworth (Taunton, Mass.) decisively dove to her right, stopping the shot and preserving the 4-3 lead for Endicott. Caponigro then came in to secure the win for the Gulls, firing her shot by a diving keeper to move Endicott past Gordon 5-3 in penalties.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott is now 24-8-4 all-time against Gordon, as the Gulls officially tied tonight, and defeated the Fighting Scots 1-0 in the regular season.
- The two cross-town rivals are no strangers to penalty kicks, as the Gulls edged out the Fighting Scots 3-1 on PK's in the 2013 CCC Championship.
- Successful in the penalty attempts were Hailey Demers (Charlton, Mass.), Christina Bacon (Lincoln, R.I.), Chloe Waldron (Harwinton, Conn.), Lederman and Caponigro.
- Wentworth would make three saves on four shots to improve to 10-7-2 on the season.
- This is the ninth time the Gulls have advanced to the CCC Championship under head coach Jodi Kenyon.
2019 CCC WOMEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All games hosted by the higher seed
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Nov. 2
Semifinals – Wednesday, Nov. 6
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 9
#5 Endicott at #3 University of New England, 1 p.m.
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 two 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. In 2020, the conference will expand to 10 full members and 19 championship sports with the addition of Suffolk University and women's ice hockey, respectively.