Mount St. Mary's Women's Soccer Ready for NEC Semifinal Matchup with Saint Francis U on Friday

Mount St. Mary's Women's Soccer Ready for NEC Semifinal Matchup with Saint Francis U on Friday

#3 MOUNT ST. MARY'S (5-8-3) vs. #2 SAINT FRANCIS U (7-8-3)
Northeast Conference Tournament
Friday, November 2, 2018 , 4 pm
New Britain, Conn. – Central Connecticut Soccer Field
Live Stats | NEC Front Row

MOUNT UPDATE:  The Mount clinched its first Northeast Conference Tournament berth since 1997 with a 1-0 win over Bryant this past Friday.  Sarah Harmon scored 13:00 into the game on a feed from Jasmine McCree.  The Mount defense took over from there, limiting Bryant to one shot on goal and one corner kick in the game.  Goalkeeper Maggie Barron made one save to earn the shutout victory.  Kayla Hughes (4g, 1a) and Maddie Tchou (4g, 1a) are tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points.  Barron has a 0.98 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. The Mount finished the regular season 5-8-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the NEC.

ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS U:  Saint Francis U finished second in the NEC regular season with a 7-8-3 overall record and a 5-2-1 NEC mark.  The Red Flash closed the season with a 5-0 win over Wagner on Sunday.  Sara Suler had two goals and an assist to pace the Red Flash in the game.  Alyssa McGhee leads the team in scoring with six goals and 16 points while Suler has five goals and 14 points on the year.  Julian Hernan has started 17 games in goal, posting a 1.01 goals against average and an .838 save percentage.

ALL-TIME SERIES:  Saint Francis U defeated the Mount, 1-0, on October 7 to take a 19-9-1 lead in the all-time series that began in 1992.  The Red Flash have won the past nine matchups between the two schools, and 13 of the past 14 meetings.  The Mount's last victory over the Red Flash was a 1-0 win at home on October 16, 2009.

SFU 1, MOUNT 0 (Oct. 7, 2018)— After a scoreless first half, the Red Flash scored the lone goal of the game 7:51 into the second half.  Sara Suler received a through pass from Mariana Jaleca and beat Mount goalkeeper Maggie Barron to give Saint Francis U the 1-0 lead.  Leanna Choo added an assist on the play as well.  Click HERE for a full recap.

THE OTHER SEMIFINALISTS:  #1 seed Central Connecticut (14-1-2) hosts #4 seed Fairleigh Dickinson (6-9-3) in the first semifinal on Friday.  The Blue Devils were a perfect 8-0-0 in NEC play to win the regular season crown.  Charlotte Maurer (8g, 4a, 20 pts) and Danielle Pearse (7g, 3a, 17 pts) lead the Blue Devils offense while goalkeeper Ashley Cavanaugh finished the regular season with a 0.47 GAA and a .886 save percentage.  FDU finished fourth in NEC play with a 4-3-1 record.  The Knights are led by Viktorija Miseljic (6g, 2a, 14 pts) and Sofia Albertsson (4g, 3a, 11 pts) on offense.  In goal, Amanda Fitgerald has a 1.17 GAA and a .778 save percentage.

MOUNT 1, FDU 1 (Sept. 23, 2018)—The Mount opened NEC play with a 1-1 draw with FDU on September 23.  For a full recap, click HERE.

CCSU 4, MOUNT 0 (Oct. 19, 2018)—CCSU scored three goals in a span of six minutes early in the second half to break open a 1-0 game.  For a full recap, click HERE.

MOUNT MAKES FIRST TRIP TO NEC TOURNAMENT SINCE 1997:  The Mount's 1-0 win over Bryant in the final game of the regular season propelled the team to its first NEC Tournament berth since 1997.  The Mountaineers made the NEC Tournament in each of its first three seasons (1995, 1996 and 1997) prior to qualifying this season.   The Mountaineers are 0-3 all-time in the NEC Tournament, falling the semifinals in each of their previous three appearances.

MOUNT'S ALL-TIME NEC TOURNAMENT GAMES
1995:  Marist 1, Mount 0 (Semifinals)
1996:  Central Connecticut 3, Mount 0 (Semifinals)
1997:  Monmouth 1, Mount 0 (Semifinals)

GETTING DEFENSIVE:  The Mount defense was a big part of the team's success during Northeast Conference play.  The Mount gave up just eight goals in the eight NEC games, recording three shutouts in that span.  The Mount allowed one or no goals in seven of the eight NEC contests this season.

NEC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:  Defender Cheyenna Cook was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on Tuesday.  Cook played a key role for the Mount defense that limited Bryant to just one shot on goal in the Mount's 1-0 win over Friday that clinched the NEC Tournament berth.  Cook has been a starter on the Mount backline all season.  She joins Maddie Tchou as Mount players to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season.

BARRON CAPTURES SECOND CONSECUTIVE NEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARD:  Mount St. Mary's sophomore goalkeeper Maggie Barron won consecutive NEC Defensive Player of the Week Awards earlier this season.   .  She is the first Mountaineer to win back-to-back NEC Defensive Player of the Week honors since Rachel Bourne did in October 2015.

TIGHT NIT AFFAIRS:  Eleven of the Mount's 16 games this season were decided by one goal or finished in a tie.  The Mount went 4-4 this season in one-goal games, winning their final three one-goal affairs.  The Mountaineers recorded three ties this season (Delaware State, FDU and LIU Brooklyn), all by identical 1-1 scores.

FRESHMAN CONTRIBUTOR:  Freshman Maddie Tchou is tied for the team lead with nine points (4g, 1a) this season.  Tchou provided timely goals as three of her four goals on the season were game-winners for the Mountaineers.

HUGHES TIES FOR TEAM LEAD IN SCORING:  Senior Kayla Hughes is tied for the team lead in scoring with nine points this season (4g, 1a).  Hughes, who transferred to the Mount after two seasons at Villanova, led the team with 39 shots and 19 shots on goal. 

WINNING RECORD IN NEC PLAY:  In addition to qualifying for the NEC Tournament for the first time since 1997, the Mountaineers posted a winning record in NEC games for the first time since the same season.  The Mount went 4-2-2 in NEC play this year.  The last time the Mount had a winning record in league play was when the team went 3-2-1 in 1997.  The Mountaineers had a .500 mark (5-5-0) in 2000.

HEAD COACH TORI KRAUSE:  Tori Krause is in her first season at the helm of the Mount women's soccer program after serving as an assistant coach last season.  Krause, one of the youngest head coaches in the nation at 26 years old, came to the Mount from the University of North Carolina, where she served as the director of performance analysis with the women's soccer program in 2016 after serving as a volunteer assistant the previous two seasons.  Krause graduated from Davidson in 2014, making 51 career appearances as a center midfielder for the Wildcats.

PRESEASON PREDICTIONS:  The Mountaineers finished in third place in the NEC regular season after being picked to finish in ninth place in the annual NEC Preseason Coaches Poll.  The coaches tabbed Saint Francis U as the preseason favorite, followed by Fairleigh Dickinson and Central Connecticut.

CAREER NUMBERS:  Jenna West is tied for fourth all-time at the Mount with 38 career points on 13 goals and 12 assists…West's 12 career assists are fourth all-time at the school while she is second all-time with 144 career shots…Goalkeeper Maggie Barron is third all-time at the Mount with a 1.41 career goals against average in 27 career starts …Her six career shutouts are fourth on the all-time list.

CAPTAINS:  Lauren Bogardus, Charlotte Elrod, Bianca Gillman, Gianna Pomykacz and Jenna West are the Mount's captains in 2018.

UP NEXT:  The winners of the semifinal matchups will meet in the Northeast Conference Championship game on Sunday, November 4, at 1:00 p.m. at the Central Connecticut Soccer Field in New Britain, Conn.