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W-Soccer: Haverford is Streak-Stopper

At Manhattanville Classic, Fords end Warriors' regular-season streak

PURCHASE, N.Y. -Manhattanville College has not been good to the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team in recent years. Even if the Warriors are not playing the host Valiants.

kennedy haverford72dpiCUTLER 020.jpgAt left: Kaitlyn Kennedy (13) battles Sarah Andrade of Haverford Saturday. (Liz Cutler photo)

In the first match of the Manhattanville College Classic Saturday afternoon, Haverford College outshot the Warriors 15-4 on the way to snapping their 21-game regular-season unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory at Field.

Unbeaten through two rounds of the NCAA tournament last year, No. 10 nationally-ranked Eastern (2-1-0) had not lost a regular-season match since a 2-0 setback against Manhattanville College October 28, 2009 in Purchase, NY. Eastern ended the regular season that year three days later with a 5-1 home victory over Plymouth State University, was 15-0-3 in the regular season last year and a winner of both of its matches last weekend at the Warrior Classic in Mansfield.

Coming off a 12-5-1 record last year, Haverford (2-0-1) remains unbeaten through the early going this year. Featuring ten freshmen on their roster, the Fords scored all three goals in the match, but the second (game-tying) one was credited to the Warriors when a Haverford defender inadvertently knocked the ball into the team's own net.

The first two goals of the match came less than a minute apart, and Haverford finally capitalized for the game-winner three minutes into the second half on sophomore Megan Boyer's third goal of the season.

Eastern  junior keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) made a career-high saves but sustained her first collegiate loss after five wins and a tie. Freshman Robin Chernow needed only three saves for Haverford.

Eastern faces SUNY Geneseo Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Manhattanville.  The Blue Knights (3-1-0) pummeled Manhattanville, 6-1, Saturday, outshooting the Valiants (0-4-0) 46-4.


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