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October 4, 2012

Endicott women blank Gordon

WENHAM — On paper the Gordon women’s soccer team was a big favorite, unbeaten in the Commonwealth Coast Conference and 9-1 overall, but Endicott stunned the Fighting Scots on their home field with a 2-0 victory in the rain.

Whenever these teams meet is it always a huge rivalry as well as a key CCC matchup. The Fighting Scots had allowed just two goals in the previous 10 games, but the visiting Gulls doubled that number with the 2-0 decision.

It was the first home loss for Gordon after four straight wins and marked only the second time all season they have been shut out; the other a 1-0 loss to Brandeis last month.

“This is a huge win for us,” said Endicott coach Jodi Kenyon, who is in her ninth year at the helm. “It’s a big conference game, and they were unbeaten in the conference. Gordon has had a great season so far, and it is always a terrific battle whenever we play. I have the highest respect for coach Marc Whitehouse and their program.”

The Gulls improved to 2-1-1 in the conference with the victory and are now 6-4-1 overall. They stunned Gordon with two first half goals and kept the pressure on the rest of the way. In the 12th minute of play junior forward Nicole Fournier scored what proved to be the game winner. Fighting Scots’ junior goalie Kari Christensen came way out of her net to smother a shot at the left post, but the ball squirted loose on the wet field, and Fournier had an empty net to shoot at.

“Our first goal was a momentum changer,” said Kenyon. “Getting ahead early like that gives you that little bit of confidence. You can never count a team out, especially one like Gordon, but that goal did set the tone.”

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