Gulls Capture First ECAC Title in Program History
W. HARTFORD, Conn. – Two goals by first year players led Endicott to a 2-0 victory on Sunday afternoon as the Gulls ended their season by winning the program's first ECAC Division III women's soccer New England championship.
The Gulls, seeded third in the tournament, pulled off their second upset in a row by shutting out top-seeded host St. Joseph's of Connecticut. It was Endicott's fourth appearance in the tournament and second trip to the finals in program history.
Leeann Card (Paxton, Mass.) and Becca Gustine (East Hampton, Conn.), playing in her home state, each scored goals in the second half, while sophomore goalie Katie Donnelly (Madison, Conn.) made six saves to record her eleventh shutout of the season.
Card headed in the game-winner in the 64th minute off of a corner kick taken by fellow freshman Paige Marinelli (Burlington, Conn.). It was Card's fifth goal of the season and her second of the game-winning variety.
Ten minutes later, Gustine added insurance for Endicott with her fourth tally of the year, a blast from the top of the box that beat St. Joseph's freshman goalie Melissa Dodge (Watertown, Conn.).
Endicott outshot the Blue Jays 14-6 and won ten corner kick opportunities, while St. Joseph's did not have an attempt form the corner flag.
Neither team converted any of their attempts in the first half, with Donnelly making four stops for Endicott to keep the game scoreless.
Dodge made nine saves in the game for the home team, six of them coming after the break when Endicott outshot St. Joseph's 9-2.
Endicott, who was making their third consecutive appearance in the ECAC tournament, finishes their season with a record of 14-5-4. The Blue Jays end a successful season with a 16-3-2 record.