Preview: Women’s soccer looks to silence Merrimack


Photo credit: Logan Carney

Delenn Poe, Contributor

ANDOVER, Ma. — The Robert Morris women’s soccer team (4-10-2, 2-5-1 NEC) continue their three-game road trip with a trip to Massachusetts to take on the Merrimack Warriors (3-12, 1-7 NEC) on Sunday. The Colonials last faced the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (8-4-4, 6-1-1 NEC), and the result of that game was a victory for the Blue Devils. The Warriors last took on Saint Francis (6-8-1, 5-3 NEC), and the Warriors had a heartbreaking loss in double overtime.

Recapping RMU

The Blue Devils dominated the Colonials as they scored three goals in the first half. The first goal was scored by Erica Bardes, she was assisted by Emily Hogan. The second goal was scored by Jenna Rae Covello, Giavanna Inzerillo buried the final goal off of assists from Erica Bardes and Taylor Smith. At the start of the second half, the Colonials scored a goal to get on the board. Kayla Veloso-Lima found the back of the net off of an assist from Nicolette Casarcia.

The Blue Devils scored their fourth goal of the game thanks to Yo Tachibana. A minute later, the Colonials scored their second goal of the game, as Nicolette Casarica added a goal to her assist from earlier.

The Blue Devils scored the final goal of the game, as Jenna Rae Covello scored. The star players of the game for the Blue Devils was their offense, thanks to the five goals they scored. The star player for the Colonials was Nicolette Casarcia, who had one goal and one assist.

Recapping Merrimack

In the first half, the Warriors scored first, Rebecca Harty’s goal came off of an assist from Erin Tyldesley. In the second half, the Warriors scored again to extend their lead to 2-0, and Molly Murnane scored the goal and was assisted by Izzy McDonnell. SFU came back and scored two goals to tie the game, proving they wouldn’t go down without a fight. The first of those goals was scored by Alyssa McGhee, who was assisted by Corinne Renninger and Aubrey Suydam. The second goal was scored by Emilee Barnett who was assisted by Mariana Jaleca.

Both teams could not find the back of the net in the first overtime. In the second overtime, Saint Francis scored the last goal to end the game. Alyssa McGhee found her way onto the score sheet once again, as she was the one that scored the game-winner. The star players for the Warriors were Molly Murnane and Rebecca Harty, who scored the two goals for the Warriors in this game. The star player for the Red Flash was Alyssa McGhee who scored two goals, including the game-winner.

Players to Watch

Sheridan Reid (RMU)

A freshman forward/midfielder, she does not have as much collegiate experience but she has made a name for herself this season. She leads the team in goals with four and had nine shots on goals as well.

Sydney Bruckner (RMU)

Bruckner has shown what she is capable of in net. She has 91 saves and allowed 18 goals to be scored against her. She had played in all 15 games this season.

Molly Murnane (Merrimack)

As a freshman forward, she has played as if she was an upperclassman. She leads the team in goals, with three and assists with four. She has 26 shots in total and 15 of those were shots on goal.

Erin Fulton (Merrimack)

As a senior, her collegiate career is coming to an end. She has 59 saves but allowed 23 goals to be scored against her. She has started 12 of the team’s 15 games this season.


I think the Colonials will beat the Warriors in a very close game, I think the score will be 2-1. The Colonials have their last game in the regular season at home on Friday, Nov. 1 at home.