Nichols Upended by Eastern Nazarene, 1-0, In Overtime
DUDLEY, Mass. (Oct. 22) – Freshman Ana Maleesa Santos (Colonie, N.Y.) scored 1:48 into overtime to lift Eastern Nazarene past Nichols 1-0 on Saturday in a Commonwealth Coast Conference women's soccer matchup. The Lions improve to 9-6-2 overall and 3-4-1 on the season while the Bison slip to 5-8-2 and finish the 2011 conference slate at 2-5-2.
The first half was a back and forth battle with both teams having a few chances to gain the lead. Two minutes into the match, rookie Juliana Speno (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) beat the Nichols defender and shot the ball just over the crossbar. Six minutes later, Speno was at it again with a cross that just went wide of her teammates for a one timer opportunity. Eleven minutes into the half, Nichols got its first opportunity when first-year Alyssa Tosti (Douglas, Mass.) shot a ball just wide of the right post. With 17:18 remaining, the Bison had another chance to gain the lead with a shot from senior Chelsea Shaughnessy (Halifax, Mass.) that went just wide of the left post.
Following the intermission, Eastern Nazarene wasted no time as Speno headed a ball towards the goal off of a corner kick, but was saved by junior netminder Maureen Lynch (Holbrook, Mass.). Nichols came back with a chance of its own midway through the half when Shaughnessy missed a free kick just wide of the goal. Nearing the end of the half, freshman Christina Corey (Canterbury, Conn.) hit the post on a shot.
Santos provided the heroics in the 92nd minute as she snuck the ball past the Nichols keeper off a cross from Corey.
Eastern Nazarene freshman goalkeeper Rachel Henry (Lowell, Mass.) stopped a pair of shots in the win while Lynch collected seven saves for the Bison.
The Lions outshot the Bison 14-6 in regulation and 1-0 in the brief overtime session. Eastern Nazarene also doubled up Nichols 6-3 on corner kick chances.
The Bison are back in action on Tuesday for a non-conference match at 3:30 p.m. when Albertus Magnus is in town for Senior Day. Eastern Nazarene wraps up its conference schedule on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. with a trip to University of New England.
With one conference match remaining most of the seeds for the upcoming CCC women's soccer tournament have been determined. Eastern Nazarene will be the No. 6 seed while Nichols has claimed the No. 7 spot. In quarterfinal action, Nichols will travel to either University of New England or Roger Williams pending the outcome of the Eastern Nazarene match at UNE on Tuesday, while the Lions will head to Salve Regina. The quarterfinals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 29.