PROVIDENCE, RI – The Mount Ida field hockey team avenged an earlier 3-1 loss to Johnson & Wales (RI) by downing the Wildcats 1-0 in Great Northeast Athletic Conference quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon. Both teams struggled to find their offensive footing and it was not until the 66th minute that the Mustangs were able to break through with the ultimate game-winner.
Neither team was able to get much going offensively in the game, so it looked to be a low-scoring affair early on. Johnson & Wales freshman Heather Lind (Wakefield, R.I.) looked to test Mount Ida keeper Grace Ryan (Livermore Falls, Maine) with an early shot, but as she would throughout the contest, Ryan came up with the save. Back to back shots from Mustangs freshman Ema Atherton (Sanbornton, N.H.) put the pressure on the hosts' keeper Claire Nolan (West Bridgewater, Mass.), but she was able to keep the score notted at 0-0. The teams would head into the intermission with no score on the board, but the Mustangs did show offensive life in the half with a 6-3 lead shots.
Second half action was much like the first, with both teams getting a number of looks at the net, but both goalies were able to set up and keep the clean sheets for their respective teams. Off a penalty corner in the 66th minute, Johnson & Wales had three shots on goal, but all three were turned away by the Mustangs' Ryan. The Mustangs went the other way and Nolan made the first save, but Jennie Morey (Claremont, N.H) got the rebound and score the only goal of the game for her first goal of the season and her career. JWU was unable to get any more looks at the net and the Mustangs came away with the 1-0 win and the first playoff win in program history.
The loss ends the Wildcats' season at 4-13 (3-4). Mount Ida improves to 10-7 and will face cross-town rival Lasell in the semifinals on Wednesday at 3:00pm.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu