Misericordia ties school season win record to advance to Round of 16
Misericordia tied the school record for wins in a season and advanced to the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory at Middlebury on Sunday.
Sam Helmstetter scored the lone goal of the game in the 21st minute and Maureen Ciccosanti and the MU defense made it stand up as the Cougars improved to 19-2-1 and earned a date with Ithaca.
Misericordia, which increased its winning streak to 11, hasn't lost since a 1-0 decision to Ithaca a little more than a month ago.
After Middlebury failed to capitalize on a couple of early chances, Helmstetter got the Cougars on the board with an assist from Laura Roney.
Roney's pass from the middle of the box found Helmsetter, who slipped past two defenders and buried a shot in the bottom left corner.
Helmstetter's 18 goals and 44 points are the second-highest single-season total in school history while Roney's 11th assist ties her for the team lead. She and Helmstetter share the Misericordia career assists mark with 33.
Helmstetter also moved into second place with 121 career points.
Middlebury had two good looks by Scarlett Kirk in the final 15 minutes of the opening stanza, but could not tie the game.
In the 32nd minute, Kirk ripped a shot from 10 yards away, but was denied by a diving Ciccosanti, who deflected the shot away.
Kirk's other bid came on a header on the right side of the box in the 33rd minute, but it was cleared away by Jessica Buffa.
Misericordia had a golden opportunity to add an insurance goal on a corner kick midway through the second half, but Middlebury keeper Elizabeth Foody made a great play to snatch the ricochet off of one of her defenders.
Middlebury's final chance came with 11 minutes to play when Kirk received a cross from the middle of the box from Julia Favorito, but the shot trickled left of the net.
Ciccosanti made nine saves to record her 10th shutout and lower her goals against average to 0.35.