NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College women's soccer team shut out the Warriors of Merrimack College, 2-0, on Saturday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Martone-Mejail Field.
The Hawks conclude the regular season with a 9-6-1 overall record and 9-4-1 in NE10 play while the Warriors fall to 8-7-2 overall and 5-7-2 in league play. The victory guaranteed Saint Anselm at least the fifth-seed in the upcoming NE10 Tournament. More information about the team's postseason opponent, start time and date will be revealed in the coming days once weather-related postponements across the league are settled.
The 2018 regular season concluded as one of the most successful in program history as the team posted a program-record nine victories against NE10 opponents. Senior Corey Murray (Scituate, Mass.) cracked the program's top-10 list for all-time points in a career with 44 (19-6=44) while currently ranking seventh all-time with 19 career goals. Junior Caly Farina (Southbury, Conn.) also became the first student-athlete from Saint Anselm to reach double-digit goal scoring totals in one season since Kaitlin Oldfield '13 in 2012.
Neither team had much of any opportunity in the first 21 minutes of play as each team had only a single shot on goal. However, Murray put the Hawks ahead 1-0 at 21:14 of the opening half. She looked to add to Saint Anselm's lead exactly a minute later, but Warrior keeper Megan Langlois was up for the challenge.
The Warriors tested sophomore keeper Payton Wildrick (Dartmouth, Mass.) in the first half, but she stopped the two shots on net to keep the shutout intact.
Early pressure by Merrimack in the opening 12 minutes of the second half kept the Hawks on their toes. However, only one shot landed on target in that span and Wildrick again made the save. Saint Anselm almost extended its lead on a corner kick in the 64th minute, but Erin Fulton made the save in net to keep it a one-goal deficit for the home team.
That deficit only grew from that point on as Farina's goal added insurance at the 66:22 mark of the game.
From then on, the Warriors only had one shot on net for the remainder of the game. The Hawks had a 18-11 advantage in shots while both teams took four corners.
Wildrick finished the game with five saves in net and earned her fourth clean-sheet of the year. Langlois and Fulton split time in net for the Warriors, each making three saves.