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Bryant faces FDU in NEC Semifinals

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The third-seeded Bryant University women's soccer team faces second-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday afternoon in the second semifinal of the Northeast Conference Women's Soccer Championships held at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.

Top-seeded CCSU will face fourth-seeded Sacred Heart at 1:00 p.m., with the Bulldogs and Knights to follow. The two winners will meet on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. for the NEC title. Sunday's winner will receive an automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships.  

The Particulars
Opponent: Fairleigh Dickinson
Location: CCSU Soccer Field (New Britain, Conn.)
Kickoff: Friday, Nov. 8 – 4:00 p.m.
Watch: NECFrontRow
Live Stats: BryantBulldogs.com
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The Series

  • Bryant and FDU will be meeting for the 13th time in program history on Friday.
  • The Bulldogs are 3-7-2 all-time against the Knights.
  • Bryant and FDU played to a 1-1 draw earlier this year. Remi Manna scored the equalizer in the 89th minute.
  • The Bulldogs and Knights have met once previously in the NEC Tournament, a 2-1 FDU win in 2017.   

Bulldog Notes and Notables

  • Bryant enters the tournament riding a DI program-record 12-match unbeaten streak (8-0-4).
  • The Bulldogs haven't lost since a 1-0 defeat to Holy Cross on Sept. 5.
  • Bryant finished NEC play with a 7-0-3 record, its first unbeaten season in DI program history.
  • Remi Manna (Pleasantville, N.Y.) leads the Bulldogs with a career-high six goals and 14 points.
  • Manna's 14 points are the most in a single season in DI program history, while her 34 career points are second.
  • Alison Guilmette (Coventry, R.I.) has a team-high four assists on the year. Her 10 career assists are the most in DI program history.
  • Guilmette has also scored in each of the last two games and has eight points on the year.
  • Lexi Kraemer (Forest Hill, Md.) and Amanda Spitaleri (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) both have three goals on the year.
  • Meghan Dalton (West Hartford, Conn.) boasts a league-leading 0.71 GAA and a .848 save percentage. She's allowed just four goals in the last 10 games.
  • Dalton has posted six shutouts in that span, tying the DI single-season record for clean sheets.       

A bit about the Knights

  • FDU enters the tournament with an 8-5-6 overall record and a 7-0-3 NEC record.
  • The Knights are averaging 1.42 goals per game and have allowed just 18 goals in 19 games.
  • Alexaine Marquis leads the team with six goals and four assists for 16 points.
  • She's one of eight Knights with multiple goals on the year. Maja Skansberg and Lea Egner each have three goals on the year.
  • Amanda Fitzgerald has posted a 0.78 goals against average and an .853 save percentage. She's posted seven shutouts on the season.