(Wenham) The Gordon College women’s soccer team scored two goals in less than a minute in the first half and that was enough to defeat Western New England, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament.
Senior Caitlin Nedde tallied all three goals for the Scots on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Gordon’s Quad.
Top-seed Gordon (16-2) advances to the semifinals against Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday………storm permitting. The Scots defeated the Lions, 3-0, on October 20th at ENC. Caitlin Nedde had two goals in that one.
Western New England (8-11-1) may have been the #8 seed but they had taken Gordon into double overtime three days ago before losing 2-1.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Gordon struck twice in less than a minute midway through the first half. The visitors never recovered although they dominated the first ten minutes of the second half. During that stretch the Bears netted a goal (Emma Norden) to close to 2-1 and pressed for more getting several dangerous corner kicks.
GC coach Marc Whitehouse rested Caitlin Nedde for five minutes later in the half. Ten minutes after Caitlin returned she delivered the pressure-eliminating goal with 5 ½ minutes left.
Caitlin now has nineteen goals for the season.
Her first goal versus Western New England was set up by a lob in front of the goal from the right by Taylor McSherry. The lob got past WN goalie Briana Kubik and Caitlin drove it into the net.
Goal #2 happened very quickly. Kendra Woudenberg got loose down the left sideline and had time to center a pass in front to Caitlin. Briana had to protect against a shot by Kendra and didn’t have time to react to a pass to Caitlin in the middle.
At halftime the team from Springfield never warmed up. They huddled right up until it was time to restart the second half and there was plenty of conversation. The Bears played much better at the start of the second half. It paid off when Emma Norden cashed in Becca Mercieri’s corner kick to make things an interesting 2-1 with thirty-five minutes of soccer left.
The Bears had chances thereafter but the Gordon defense, led by goalie Kari Christensen, wouldn’t crack.
The Bears moved their defense further and further up the field in order to keep the pressure on. That positioning eventually cost Western New England.
Caitlin Nedde found herself with plenty of room to operate late in the game. She went from left-to-right and got a chance for a direct shot at Briana Kubik that beat the WN net minder with 5 ½ minutes left.
Now down, 3-1, WN continued to press up the field. This positioning ended up giving Taylor McSherry a chance to go one-on-one with the WN goalie. This time Briana came out and robbed Taylor in the final minute.
The 2012 All-CCC team was announced and the Gordon team was well represented. Caitlin Nedde, Karina Scavo, Julia Miller, and Kari Christensen made the first team. On the second team was Taylor McSherry while honorable mention went to Hannah Midwinter and Krysti Leach. Taylor was also the Rookie-of-the-Year and Marc Whitehouse was the coach-of-the-year.
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