FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 2, 2012
No. 3 Penmen knock off second-seeded Saint Rose,
eighth-seeded Panthers get win at No. 4 Merrimack
Eighth-seeded Adelphi University will travel to third-seeded Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) in the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Soccer Championship game after both schools earned semifinal wins over higher seeds on Friday afternoon.
For both teams, it marks the first time in program history advancing to the Northeast-10 Championship game. The winner will earn an automatic qualifier to the 2012 NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championship.
So. New Hampshire (12-5-3, 8-4-3 NE-10) got the game-winner from Kaleigh Roberge (pictured) in the 87th minute to propel the Penmen to a 1-0 victory over The College of Saint Rose, the 17th ranked team in the nation and defending national champion. Ashley Jaskula had the assist on Roberge's difference-maker.
Adelphi (11-6-3, 6-6-3 NE-10) advanced following a 1-0 victory at fourth-seeded Merrimack College, as the Panthers got the game-winning goal from Donna Liotine on a penalty kick in the 47th minute. Adelphi also becomes the first No. 8 seed to advance to the women's soccer title game since the championship field increased to eight teams in 2000.
The Northeast-10 will be broadcasting the women's soccer championship final live at northeast10.tv for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. contest. Also be sure to follow the Northeast-10 on Twitter (@TheNortheast10) for live, real-time updates.
Merrimack (11-8-1, 8-6-1 NE-10) nearly evened the match on some late chances – including a potential game-tying header that sailed just over of the crossbar – but Adelphi, which knocked of top-seeded American International College on Wednesday night, held off the Warriors while outshooting them 16-10 in the semifinals victory.
Adelphi goalkeeper Sam Whitney posted a five-save shutout, while Merrimack's Nicole Curtis stopped five of the six shots she faced.
For So. New Hampshire, which was outshot 20-5 by Saint Rose (16-2-2, 12-1-2 NE-10), Roberge's goal was one of only two shots on goal in the win. Penmen goalkeeper Samantha Whittier turned away all seven shots she faced from a fierce Golden Knights offense.
The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,000 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.
2012 Northeast-10 Women's Soccer Championship
Wednesday, October 31 - Quarterfinals - RECAP
#8 Adelphi 2, #1 American International 0 - BOX
#2 Saint Rose 5, #7 Southern Connecticut 1 - BOX
#3 Southern New Hampshire 2, #6 New Haven 0 - BOX
#4 Merrimack 1, #5 Franklin Pierce 0 (OT) - BOX
Friday, November 2 - Semifinals
#8 Adelphi 1, #4 Merrimack 0 - BOX
#3 Southern New Hampshire 1, #2 Saint Rose 0 - BOX
Sunday, November 4 - Championship
#8 Adelphi at #3 Southern New Hampshire - 1:00 p.m.