BOYLSTON, Mass.-Despite registering 11 shots, the Coast Guard women's soccer team fell 1-0 to Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference match-up on Saturday. The loss drops Coast Guard's record to 6-9-1 (3-4-1 NEWMAC) while the victory allows Emerson to improve to 7-9-1 (2-5-1 NEWMAC) on the year.
Emerson opened the scoring in the 16th minute on sophomore Tayllar Righini's first goal of the season. Righini took a one touch into the middle before blasting a shot into the upper left corner for the 1-0 Emerson advantage.
The Lions held a 6-2 shots advantage over Coast Guard in the first half but just two went on frame and the score remained 1-0 going into the halftime break. Junior Holly Moore made a save in the 18th minute on a shot by freshman Anne Carroll to keep the score deadlocked and Emerson was unable to put anything else on goal until the second half.
There was a flurry of activity late by Coast Guard, desperate to tie the game and set the contest into overtime. Off of a corner kick by freshman Alyssa Sato in the 84th minute, junior Julia Mundy found the ball in her possession but her shot went over the crossbar. Shortly after that Coast Guard would earn another corner kick, this time to be taken by junior Lindsay Duplessis. Her cross found sophomore Sarah Hills whose attempt on goal was saved to preserve the 1-0 advantage for Emerson.
For the match, Emerson held a 12-11 advantage in shots. Senior Marissa MacDonald made four saves in registering the shutout for Emerson while Moore recorded six for the Bears. Despite being out-shot, Coast Guard earned four corner kicks while Emerson was awarded just three for the match.
The meeting was the first ever between the two programs.
Coast Guard will return to action on Tuesday, October 29th when they travel to Wellesley for another critic NEWMAC battle at 7:00 pm. The Bears return home on Saturday, November 2nd when they host MIT in their regular season finale at 1:00 pm.