Overtime wins have Lions poised for playoff berth

by Matt Case / Beacon Staff • October 19, 2016

Emerson’s Women’s soccer team was on a streak of four consecutive shutouts, and had reached the upper tier of the conference standings before their 3-1 loss to Babson College on Oct. 18.

After blanking non-conference opponent Regis College 5-0 on Oct. 4, the Lions needed extra time in their next three matches, and nailed the trifecta by winning them all, 1-0.

All of these games were against New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic conference opponents.  

In the first of the contests, forward Jess Frost nailed the winner in the 100th minute against Smith College on Oct. 8. Forward Paige Haley then scored one herself against Wheaton College in the 93rd minute on Oct. 11. She followed that up four days later by earning her second consecutive game-clinching goal in the 95th minute of a big win over Springfield College.  

These matchups were the only ones that have stretched beyond regulation this season for Emerson, and seven of their nine wins have come by way of shutouts.  

Sophomores Frost and Haley, along with freshman Chiara Bernardi, lead Emerson in goals with eight each, good for second best in the conference. Freshman forward Veronica Albert’s nine assists also ranks her second.

As a team, Emerson is third in goals scored (38) in the NEWMAC, second in assists (31), and third in shot percentage (.151).  

After the weekend, the Lions found themselves in third in the NEWMAC standings. Following their loss to the Beavers on Tuesday, they dropped to fifth with a 4-3 conference record, 9-7 overall. The top seven of 11 teams earn a spot in the playoffs.

The squad has three more regular season games, all against NEWMAC opponents. They’ll take on the United States Coast Guard Academy (1-4-2, 11th) this Saturday, followed by a match at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (6-1, 2nd) on Oct. 25, and their final contest against Clark University (2-5, 8th) on Oct. 29 at Rotch Playground and Field.