Women's Soccer Falls to Franklin Pierce in NE10 Championship

Kallie Villemaire, Victoria Stowell


- Score: No. 1 Franklin Pierce 3, No. 6 Assumption 0 - NE10 Championship

- Records: Franklin Pierce (15-1-2), Assumption (11-7-2),

- Location: Ringe, N.H. (Sodexo Field)

- The Lead: Despite several diving stops by Assumption goalkeeper Alexis Nason (Saco, Maine / Thornton Academy), the top seeded Franklin Pierce Ravens still found the back of the net on three different occasions to defeat the No. 6 Hounds 3-0 in the NE10 Championship on Sunday evening. 


- The Ravens led 1-0 at halftime. At the 21:14 mark, Gabi Pereira shook the Hounds' defensive unit and got to the left side. She ripped a shot from 18-yards out and found the back of the net to give the Ravens a 1-0 lead.

- Franklin Pierce put two more on the board in the second-half. Sophie Cousineau gave her team a 2-0 lead at the 62:46 mark on a pass from Pereira. Cousineau took the pass and put a well-placed shot into the corner of the net to give her team a two-goal lead. Bruna Tavares then added an insurance goal at the 86:36 mark. She beat the Assumption defender, getting the ball through her legs, and made her way up the left side of the field to put the Ravens up 3-0.

- Nason made several important saves within the second-half to keep the game close. She made one particularly impressive save in the second-half when she dove at a ball destined for the back of the net and corralled it with her outstretched arms to prevent Franklin Pierce from scoring. Nason made nine saves in the second half.


- Franklin Pierce outshot the Hounds 26-5, while both teams had four corner kicks, all coming in the second-half. Kallie Villemaire (Plattsburgh, N.Y. / Beekmantown) led the Hounds with three shots.

- Nason made 10 saves for the Hounds in the loss and fell to 10-7-2. It was her first loss since October 2. Casey Kane made three saves for the Ravens and improved to 12-1-2 on the year.

- It was the Hounds' first NE10 Championship Appearance since 2014. To get to the NE10 championship game, they upsetted No. 3 Stonehill in the quarterfinals round and then No. 2 Southern N.H. in the semifinals. They had also gone unbeaten in their previous nine matchups.


-The Ravens earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship while the Hounds will wait out tomorrow's NCAA selection show to see if they get a bid. 


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