Emmitsburg, Md. (October 26, 2018)--Sarah Harmon scored 13 minutes into the game, and the defense held strong the rest of the way as the Mount St. Mary's women's soccer team clinched its first Northeast Conference Tournament berth in 21 seasons with a 1-0 win over Bryant on Friday night at Waldron Family Stadium on campus.
Harmon converted a cross from Jasmine McCree 13 minutes into the game to give the Mount (5-8-3, 4-2-2 NEC) the early lead. The play started when freshman Cheyenna Cook put a free kick into the box. McCree collected the ball, made a move to beat the defender, and crossed to the middle to Harmon, who buried the shot to the upper left corner for the lone goal of the contest. The Mount held a 7-to-1 advantage in shots in the opening half.
The Mountaineer defense continued to play well in the second half, limiting the Bulldogs (8-7-1, 4-3-1 NEC) to six shots (none on goal) over the final 45 minutes. Mount goalkeeper Maggie Barron had to make one save in the clean sheet victory while Bryant keeper Meghan Dalton made a pair of saves.
Bryant's best chance to score in the second half came with just under two minutes remaining. Amanda Spitaleri got herself free near the top of the penalty box, but her shot was just wide. The Mountaineers were able to run out the final two minutes to secure the win.
The win moves the Mount into second place with 14 points, one point ahead of Saint Francis U, Fairleigh Dickinson and Bryant, who each have 13 points. Saint Francis U and Fairleigh Dickinson have clinched spots in the NEC Tournament while Bryant was eliminated from postseason play with today's loss. Saint Francis U and FDU each have games on Sunday. Central Connecticut has clinched first place and will host the NEC Tournament on November 2 and 4.
NOTES: The Mount's last appearance in the NEC Tournament was in 1997 after finishing third in the conference with a 3-2-1 league record. The Mount is 0-3 all-time in three appearances in the NEC Tournament (1995, 1996 and 1997). The Mount's 4-2-2 record in NEC play is also the team's first winning conference record since 1997 as well.