Gordon women’s soccer gains conference finals with 3-2 comeback win over Eastern Nazarene

Amelia Gonzales battles Caitlin Nedde. Caitlin scored two goals for Gordon including the game winner.

Caitlin Nedde prepares to head in the game winner as the ball sails past the ENC goalie and a defender.

(Wenham)  Down by a goal in the second half on Thursday afternoon, with their season slipping away, the Gordon College women’s soccer team rallied and defeated Eastern Nazarene (Quincy) 3-2 and reached the Commonwealth Coast Conference finals.

The top-seed Scots last trip to that event was 2005.  The game is scheduled for 1PM on the GC Quad.

Gordon (17-2) dominated the first half with Caitlin Nedde’s 20th goal giving the Scots a 1-0 advantage. Junior Jane Dietrich (2nd assist) set up Caitlin with a cross from the right.

Maleesa Santos (8) shoots to the left corner.

ENC (9-8-3) took the middle of the field away from Gordon for much of the early stages of the second half.  That paid off as the Lions kept the ball in the GC end for much of an eleven minute stretch netting two goals – Jules Speno (12th)  & Maleesa Santos (2nd).

The turning point of the game for Gordon may well have been right after the second ENC goal. GC goalie Kari Christensen latched onto a very good Lion chance with less than twenty-three minutes left.

A minute later ENC goalie Kristen Farley had trouble handling Caitlin Nedde’s high shot from the left and Taylor McSherry (10th goal) drove home the rebound to tie the score.

Tied at 2-2, the thought of overtime loomed.  ENC had been in seven OT games this season while Gordon only one.

However, junior Kendra Woudenberg (6th assist) set up the game-winner with a run down the left sidelines.  Her pass/shot over the ENC goalie’s head was nodded home by the onrushing Caitlin Nedde (21st goal) with eight minutes left.

late game action in front of the Gordon net

The Lions had two corner kicks the rest of the way but could never get a threatening shot on the GC goal.

I was impressed with ENC’s ability to handle the ball especially in the second half during their two-goal segment.  The Lions took advantage of GC’s eagerness numerous times.

Gordon continues to thrive on setups from the wings.  They force opposing goalies to protect the near post and when the Scots pass/shoot high the goalies can’t get back to cover the far post.  Caitlin Nedde and Taylor McSherry both know how to finish from that far post area.

Roger Williams hosts Endicott at 7PM today (Thursday) with the winner visiting Gordon on Saturday afternoon.  RWU lost at Gordon 3-2 on October 13th while Endicott defeated the Scots 2-0 at Gordon on October 3rd.

Gordon has won eight straight since the loss to Endicott.

Nice weather for November 1st – temps in the 50s with off-and-on sun. The game had been scheduled for Tuesday but Hurricane Sandy intervened.

prayerful ending

Watching the teams gather to pray afterwards is a bigger deal to me that anything else that went on.  Our Creator deserves special recognition in every activity we Christians are involved in and got it from both squads.

(The pictures above and below enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Taylor McSherry lines up a shot

Caitlin Nedde heads in first Gordon goal

Gordon coach Marc Whitehouse

Gabby Humphreys

Jules Speno (10) in on GC goalie Kari Christensen

Justine Buchanan and Kendra Woudenberg

Jane Dietrich breaks down the sidelines

Taylor McSherry fires the tying goal

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