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.
At 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 GoValiants.com 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.