A pair of neighboring rivals squared off in the Commonwealth Coast Conference women’s soccer finals Saturday and they staged an instant classic.
Endicott won the battle against Gordon, winning 3-1 in penalty kicks.
“I am so proud of how far this team has come from an 0-3-1 start. They found a way to win no matter what, came together as a team, and were always able to grind it out,” Endicott coach Jodi Kenyon was quoted as saying after the game. “I can’t single out anyone today. From starters to subs, it was an all-out team effort. Matches like today speak volumes to the character and quality of players in our program.”
Heather Moody put home her penalty kick to give Endicott a 1-0 advantage after the first round, and the respective keepers made saves in the second round.
Both Gordon’s Hannah Midwinter and Endicott’s Laura Wysocki converted kicks in the third round, giving the Gulls a 2-1 lead.
Endicott keeper Katie Donnelly then made a diving save, setting up the Gulls for the win. Senior Sarah Person then drilled her kick to clinch the title for Endicott (15-5-2).
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Gordon 3, University of New England 1: Junior Brittany Hawkins scored two goals and goalie Anna Bury made eight saves as the Fighting Scots captured the Commonwealth Coast Conference championship, their first since 2001. Gordon (17-5) also earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division 3 Tournament, which will begin on Wednesday.
Katherine Bailey also scored for Gordon on an assist from Gayle Watson.
Endicott 38, Western New England 21: Drew Frenette completed 17 of 32 passes for 323 yards and threw three touchdowns as Endicott moved one step closer to capturing the New England Football Conference crown. The Gulls (7-2 overall, 6-0 NEFC) play Salve Regina next week for the title.
Spencer Walsh ran for 92 yards and two scores while Alec Matys caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Brannigan and Nate Lewis also had touchdown receptions. Nick Kozlowski was in on 19 tackles to lead the Endicott defense.