NU Advances To CAA WSOC Championship Game
HARRISONBURG, Va. (November 8, 2013) – Third-seeded Northeastern advanced to the title game of the 2013 CAA Women’s Soccer Championship, edging #2 William & Mary 3-1 on penalty kicks after the two teams battled to a 2-2 draw at JMU’s University Park.
The Huskies (5-8-6) will face either James Madison or Hofstra at 1 p.m. on Sunday in the CAA championship game. It will be NU’s first appearance in the championship game since winning the title in 2008.
Northeastern, which got past UNCW 4-3 on PK’s after a 0-0 tie in the CAA quarterfinals last Sunday, received an outstanding effort from junior goalkeeper Paige Burnett. After W&M’s initial penalty kick bounced off the crossbar, the Huskies moved on top 1-0 when Mackenzie Dowd’s shot found the right side of the net. Burnett made a diving save of the Tribe’s next effort and NU’s Morgan Hilby connected on her kick to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Burnett also stopped W&M’s third attempt, but the Tribe closed within 2-1 on Anna Madden’s successful attempt in the fourth round. The Huskies closed it out when Bianca Calderone’s shot went into the upper right corner of the goal.
William & Mary (8-2-7) jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 2:35 into the match. The Tribe’s Audrey Barry sent a pass into the box that was deflected by a Huskies’ defender. Senior forward Dani Rutter controlled the loose ball, dribbled to her right and then fired a 6-yard shot past Burnett and just inside the left post. The goal was Rutter’s fourth of the season.
After a first half that saw just four total shots on net, the game broke open with a flurry of action early in the second period. Northeastern tied the contest at 1-1 in the 55th minute. Senior Hanna Terry sent a through ball into the middle of the box to freshman Haley Sinclair, who sent a sliding 10-yard shot past W&M keeper Caroline Casey for her second goal of the year.
The Huskies moved ahead 2-1 just 1:28 later when Terry was on the receiving end of a pass from freshman Krista Meaglia in the middle of the box. The first-team All-CAA midfielder was able to direct a 12-yard shot inside the right post for her team-leading fourth goal.
W&M responded quickly, needing only 1:09 to get the equalizer. Madden got the ball at the top of the box, faked a defender, and launched a 20-yard shot into the upper left corner of the goal to tie the contest at 2-2. It was Madden’s third goal of the season.
The Tribe nearly took the lead with 11 minutes left in regulation, but NU defender Taylor Caparo was able to clear the ball off the line after a scramble in front of the Huskies’ goal.
William & Mary finished with a 15-8 shot advantage. Burnett had five saves for Northeastern while Casey finished with two for the Tribe.