CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Mitchell College men's soccer team closed out the regular season with a 1-0 victory at Lesley University on Sunday evening in New England Collegiate Conference action.
In the process, the Mariners secured the second seed and a first-round bye in the upcoming NECC Championship. Mitchell will host a semifinals match on Friday, November 2 at 2 p.m. against the winner of sixth-seeded Lesley and third-seeded Eastern Nazarene College.
As for Sunday's contest, a goal by William Ferguson in the 58th minute proved to be the difference. The score was his team-leading fifth of the season.
The Mitchell defense made the margin stand, limiting the Lynx to only six shots in the match. Goalkeeper Seth Strader made a pair of saves to pick up his fourth shutout of the season.
The Mariners evened their record at 8-8-0 overall and improved to 6-2-0 in conference play. Mitchell ended the regular season with five wins in its last six games, including four straight in NECC contests.
2018 NECC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round – Tuesday, October 30
Game 1: #5 New England College (3-2-3) at #4 Elms (4-3-1) - 4:00 p.m.
Game 2: #6 Lesley (3-4-1) at #3 Eastern Nazarene (4-2-2) - 7:30 p.m. at Legion Field (Weymouth, MA)
Semifinals – Friday, November 2
Game 3: Game 1 winner @ #1 Newbury (5-0-3) – 2:00 p.m.
Game 4: Game 2 winner @ #2 Mitchell (6-2-0) – 2:00 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, November 4
Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner – TBD