Women's Soccer Loses in Conference; 3-1 to Becker

Photo Credit: Katie Collins
Photo Credit: Katie Collins

BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of late, first half goals, scored 3:25 apart, by Becker sophomore Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass.) led the Becker Hawks to a 3-1 victory over the Newbury Nighthawks on Saturday afternoon at The Winsor School.

McKissick scored her third goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1. Then, minutes later, McKissick struck again for her fourth goal of the year on a shot that beat Nighthawks sophomore Noelle Sass (Randolph, Mass.) just over her outstretched hands.

The Nighthawks held the lead for a healthy portion of the first half after senior Carly Gibbard (Commack, N.Y.) got the scoring started with her first goal of the year in the 14th minute, slotting home the goal on a pass from Shannon Walsh (Massapequa, N.Y.)

With the match at 2-1 in Becker's favor, the Nighthawks had their best opportunity of the second half with just under ten minutes remaining. Looking to tie the match, a cross from the right wing found the foot of Amanda Cardoso (Watertown, Mass.), who redirected the cross on goal, but Becker keeper Jordan Martel (Chicopee, Mass.) was able to get just enough of the ball and scramble to save the loose ball just inches from the goal line.

The Hawks would add an insurance goal in the 82nd minute when sophomore Anja Russell (Cumberland, Maine) knocked home her second goal of the season, scoring on a rebound that Sass could not recover to save in time.

The loss for Sass knocks her record down to 4-5-0 despite making a career-high 16 saves on the afternoon. Martel picks up the win for Becker, improving to 8-5-0, in her four save outing. Russell also had an assist on the first McKissick goal that tied the match at 1-1. Gibbard ended the afternoon with three shots on goal for Newbury.

The Nighthawks (4-8-0, 1-3-0 NECC) look to rebound on Wednesday night in a home conference match against Elms College at The Winsor School; kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.