Women's Soccer stuns Elms in NECC Playoff Upset

Lindsey Keith

CHICOPEE, Mass. --- The Becker College women's soccer team, the sixth seed in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship tournament, pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history when they stunned third-seeded Elms College with a 2-0 victory on Saturday afternoon at Leary Field in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

The Hawks (10-7-3) opened the scoring in the 13th minute when senior forward Lindsey Keith (Sutton, Mass. / Sutton), the top scorer in the NECC, knocked home a penalty kick. The Hawks earned the PK after the Elms wall was whistled for a hand ball inside the box on a Becker free kick.

Elms was pressuring for an equalizer throughout the contest until the Hawks all but sealed the deal with an 85th-minute insurance goal from freshman forward Skyler Tenney (Jaffrey, N.H. / Conant). Sophomore midfielder Kyra Teixeira's (Old Lyme, Conn. / Lyme-Old Lyme) through ball led Tenney behind the Blazer defense, and all she had to do was beat Elms goalkeeper Rebecca Molin (West Hartford, Conn.) with a hard shot to the back of the net to give Becker the decisive 2-0 advantage.

Elms held a 9-7 advantage in shots and 5-3 lead in shots on goal. Elms also had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks and put well-placed balls in front of goal on all four attempts, including two that Becker freshman goalkeeper Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins (Elmira, N.Y. / Elmira) was forced to deflect over the crossbar.

It was Becker's first victory over Elms since 2003, With her 25th goal of the season, Keith ties the Becker single-season record.

The Hawks will await the results of the other three NECC quarterfinal contests to learn their semifinal opponent. This weekend's winners will advance to the semifinals on Oct. 31, hosted by the top remaining seeds.