Mike Skelton – 1851 Staff
The Woman’s soccer team will have a chance for a third straight Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship this weekend. A 4-0 victory over Emmanuel today ensured them a spot in the finals.
It was a hard fought win at BU’s Nickerson Field where the game was played due to Hurricane Sandy. It was another back and forth affair until Lasell opened the scoring.
Emmanuel put on early pressure, but Lasell managed to score just before the half. Bridget Lynch scored in the 35th minute with the assist going to her sister Kayla.
Both of the Lynch sisters ended the game with two goals and an assist.
The first half ended with Lasell up 1-0, but the shots were an even 5-5 with senior goalie Ashley Parrelli making five saves.
Bridget Lynch got on the board again in the 60th minute with an assist from Molly Masiero. Lasell quickly struck again, this time Bridget registered the assist for Kayla Lynch’s first of the afternoon. Kayla closed out the scoring in the 83rd minute with an assist to MaryKate Dunphy to give Lasell a deserved 4-0 win.
Goalie Ashley Parrelli ended the game with nine saves for the shutout.
“We tried a 3-4-3 formation (three backs, four midfielders and three forwards) and our game plan was to stretch the field and make it as wide as possible,” said junior Melissa Leonard. “It wasn’t working, so we switched back to our normal 3-5-2 and which helped a lot.”
“I was really nervous. Once we scored the first goal, it was a huge relief,” said Parrelli. “Then once we had a two goal lead, I was able to calm down and focus and play my game.”
Lasell moves on to the GNAC championship for the third straight year this Sunday. As the #2 seed, Lasell has the home field advantage as they host Simmons College.
Lasell and Simmons previously battled in the regular season with Lasell coming out on top with a 2-1 victory.
Come support the woman’s team as they look to capture their third straight conference championship this Sunday on Taylor Field.