Women's Soccer crowned NE10 Regular Season Champions and make NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005

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The Assumption College women’s soccer team earned second place in the Northeast-10 conference playoffs, after suffering a 3-0 defeat to The College of St. Rose on Sunday November 9.

After narrowly defeating Stonehill College in the quarterfinals, the Hounds hosted Franklin Pierce University in the semifinal match. A dominant first half performance saw the Lady Hounds enter half time with a 1-0 lead. Junior forward and conference player of the year, Paige Radomski, took advantage of a chaotic corner kick, flicking a header above Pierce’s keeper. Franklin Pierce responded with heavy pressure in the second half, earning and converting a penalty to level the score with less than 20 minutes left. The Hounds quickly regained the lead, however, with Radomski scoring her second goal of the match, just nine seconds later. Senior defender, Lindsey Miller led the Hounds defense throughout the closing minutes to maintain the lead and earn a place in the conference finals.

Two days later, the Hounds hosted The College of St. Rose in front of more than 700 fans, in the Northeast-10 Conference finals. The sides met once before in the regular season, where St. Rose defeated Assumption 1-0 in overtime. St. Rose scored 20 minutes into the conference finals, following a set piece opportunity and held the lead through halftime, despite offensive pressure from the Greyhounds. St. Rose extended its lead just under five minutes into the second half. A diving save by senior goalkeeper Rachel Edgin could only temporarily keep the score within one, as an attempted defensive clearance ricocheted off the advancing attacker and into Assumption’s net from close range. St. Rose’s Jennifer Busk scored a header, ten minutes later, to secure the victory.

The Hounds were presented with the 2014 Northeast 10 Conference Runner Up trophy after the match. In addition, Radomski and first-year forward Amanda Arnold were both named to the 2014 Northeast-10 Women’s Soccer All-Championship team.

“We have to play at our best to beat St. Rose, and we need a few breaks to go our way, and that just didn’t happen on Sunday,” said Head coach Kevin Meek of the final match. “That doesn’t take anything away from what the girls accomplished up to now or what St. Rose accomplished in that game.”

The Greyhounds return to action in the NCAA Division II Championship tournament, playing LIU Post in the first round of games. With a win, the Hounds would once again play St. Rose. Coach Meek, however, is focused on the task at hand, stating, “To get to the regional semi-final game against St. Rose, though, will take maturity, focus, and heart...and that is what our team has been about all year long.”

Assumption Women’s Soccer played LIU Post on Friday, November 14.

The season game to an end however when the Lady Hounds lost 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Regional Championships to end the season for the Greyhounds.
The Hounds making it to the NCAA tournament marked the third time in 10 years, and the first since 2005.

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