Simmons Battles Cadets to 1-1 Stalemate

NORTHFIELD, Vt. ? The Simmons Soccer team snapped the Cadets four-game winning streak with a 1-1 tie on Wednesday at Howard Field in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action. Sharks goalkeeper Ashley Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.) and the Simmons defense stalled the high-octane Norwich offense that was averaging 4.67 goals per game coming into Wednesday?s match.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. ? Meghan Loughman (Trumbull, Conn.) scored the game-winning goal in the 35th minute to lead the Albertus Magnus women?s soccer team to it?s first-ever GNAC postseason victory as the Falcons shutout Simmons 2-0 Monday afternoon.

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Simmons Soccer team snapped the Cadets four-game winning streak with a 1-1 tie on Wednesday at Howard Field in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action. Sharks goalkeeper Ashley Wheeler (Nashua, N.H.) and the Simmons defense stalled the high-octane Norwich offense that was averaging 4.67 goals per game coming into Wednesday's match.

The Cadets (7-1-2, 5-1-2 GNAC) got on the board first in the 10th minute when junior midfielder Lisa Esparza played a textbook through ball up to sophomore forward Grace Fitzpatrick on the right wing. Fitzpatrick gathered the pass and then sent a shot towards the goal. Wheeler initially seemed to have a beat on the ball, but after getting a hand on it, the ball skipped over her and into the back of the net to give NU a 1-0 lead.

Simmons (3-7-1, 2-5-1 GNAC) had an opportunity to equalize with 12 minutes to go in the first half when Justine Beauchamp (Exeter, N.H.) launched a free kick in on net that brushed the inside of the far post and bounced back towards NU goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy who punched the ball away before it could cross the goal line.

The Sharks evened the score in the 69th minute when freshman Keri Acheson (Peabody, Mass.) scored top shelf over Kennedy's head on a free kick from 20 yards out.

Norwich had an opportunity to win the game in the closing minutes when Fitzpatrick made a bid for her second goal of the match. Fitzpatrick found herself clear on the left side of the penalty area and sent a rocket to the near post. However, the shot bounced off the post and ricocheted back away from the net.

Neither side was able to score again in regulation forcing the match to go into two 10-minute overtime sessions to try and decide a winner.

NU had the best chance to win with just over four minutes to play in the second overtime when Brittany Casey hit the cross bar on a free kick from just outside the penalty area. Casey got the free kick opportunity after she was in alone on a breakaway but Wheeler made the save at the top of the 18-yard box.

Kennedy made a season high 14 saves for the Cadets, while Wheeler turned aside nine shots from Simmons. Norwich outshot Simmons 28-23 and had nine corner kicks to the Sharks' six.

The Sharks host Emmanuel College on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in a game dedicated to Think Pink for breast cancer awareness. The Cadets return to action on Saturday when they travel to Johnson & Wales for a 1 p.m. match.