The College of Saint Rose women’s soccer team got goals from three different players and another shutout from goalie Marika Laurendeau to roll past Mercy 3-0 in the NCAA Division II East Region championship game at Concord University in Beckley, West Virginia, on Thursday morning.
The Golden Knights (16-1-4), ranked No. 8 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches National Poll, will play in the national quarterfinals at 1 p.m. Saturday against the host school Concord, which beat West Chester 1-0 in the Atlantic Region final. Saint Rose, which won a national championship in 2011, has reached the NCAA quarterfinals eight times.
Ciera Lundy opened the scoring with 10:18 left in the first half on a play that started with a free kick by Sanna Rein, who found Mia Klammer cutting through the box. Mercy goalie Melissa Torres made a big save punching away Klammer’s shot, but after a rebound shot hit the post, Lundy buried the second rebound for a 1-0 lead.
Kaelyn Britt, who replaced the injured Tatiana Leggiero in the sixth minute, made it 2-0 with 4:29 left in the first half, during which the Golden Knights outshot the Mavericks (12-5-4) 13-2, seven of which were on goal. Britt has seven goals on the season.
Lauren Amerena assisted on Britt’s goal.
Saint Rose weathered some early pressure from Mercy to start the second half, and Klammer put the game away with 13:09 left by scoring her team-leading 13th goal of the season.
Laurendeau made a tough save with nine minutes left to preserve her 11th solo shutout of the season.
The Golden Knights were seeded No. 1 in the region and, in Mercy, faced a No. 6 seed that had already knocked off No. 3 Southern New Hampshire and No. 2 Molloy, both by 1-0 scores. Saint Rose needed penalty kicks to get past Jefferson in the East semifinals.
Saint Rose scoring — Lundy 1-0, Britt 1-0, Amerena 0-1, Klammer 1-0. Goalies — Mercy, Torres, 6 saves. Saint Rose, Laurendeau, 4. Halftime — Saint Rose led 2-0.