By Anthony Covino
Women’s Soccer (#2 seed) defeated #3 seed Bryant 2-0 in the NEC Semifinal on Nov 8, 2019. With this win the Knights advanced to the NEC Championship against #1 seed Central Connecticut State on Sunday, Nov 10th at 1 p.m.
The Knights season continued as they clinched a spot in the NEC Championship. Sophomore midfielder Lea Egner slotted home the knights opening goal in the 35th minute with an assist from junior forward Sofia Albertsson. The Knights went into halftime leading 1-0.
Shortly into the second half in the 62nd minute sophomore defender Paula Reuss’s shot on goal landed in the back of the net and gave the Knights a 2-0 lead.
Co-Goalkeeper of the Year and First Team All NEC senior goalkeeper Amanda Fitzgerald got her eigth shutout of the season. Bryant junior goalkeeper Meghan Dalton had 2 saves.
The Knights looked to keep their historic season going on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. as they played #1 seed Central Connecticut State in the NEC Championship Game.
The Knights suffered a heartbreaking loss at No.1-seed Central Connecticut State 1-0.
This loss ended the Knights season with a final record of 9-6-6 with a 7-0-3 record in the NEC.
Central Connecticut State’s sophomore midfielder Roma McLaughlin, from Ireland, scored in the 18th minute.
Fitzgerald had 4 saves, while Central Connecticut State’s sophomore goalkeeper Amanda McQuillan had 1 save.
Central Connecticut State advanced to the 2019 Women’s Cup in San Jose, Calif.
Women’s soccer is looking to rebuild off of this year’s run to the NEC Championship game.
The team will lose Fitzgerald, senior defender Samantha Roff, senior defender Jackson Bennett, senior midfielder Stasi Torchia and graduate student Julia Shea.
Fitzgerald, sophomore midfielder Madelyn Robbins, and freshman midfielder Maja Skansberg earned All-Tournament selections.
Most of the team will be returning and will be playing with a chip on their shoulder to capture the coveted NEC Championship that was so close to them this year.
Fitzgerald earned NEC Co-Goalkeeper of the year along with All-NEC honors. Sophomore defender Christa Waterman also earned All-NEC First Team, and Skansberg made the NEC All-Rookie team.
Photo by Kenneth Ramirez Castro
Goalkeeper Amanda Fitzgerald in NEC Semifinal.