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Women's soccer set for first-round game in first-ever Atlantic East Conference tournament

Women's soccer set for first-round game in first-ever Atlantic East Conference tournament

ARLINGTON, Va. – The fifth-seeded Marymount University women's soccer team will take on the fourth-seeded Marywood University Pacers in the first round of the inaugural Atlantic East Conference women's soccer tournament, traveling to Marywood for a contest set for 4 p.m., on Monday, October 29.

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How we got here:

The Saints, playing in their first season in the Atlantic East, finished the year with a 2-3-1 record in the conference to grab the fifth seed in the tournament. Marymount picked up a key victory on October 20 at Marywood to earn its spot in the postseason. Junior Karen Reyes notched a goal and an assist to lead the team in the contest, while freshman Maia Pappadakis knocked in the second score.

How they got here:

Marywood grabbed the fourth seed and a first-round home game with a 3-3 record in the Atlantic East, in the league's first season. The Pacers started off the season hot in conference play, winning their first three games of Atlantic East action. Neumann University knocked off Marywood in the final conference game of the regular season to solidify the Pacer's spot in the tournament.

Last time we met:

The Saints and Pacers met on Saturday, October 20 in a 2-0 win for the Saints in Atlantic East action. Marymount came out quickly with a goal off the foot of junior Karen Reyes just over a minute and a half into the contest. Reyes then found freshman Maia Pappadakis with a cross in the 45th minute of the first half for the second score, which was the first goal of her career. The Saints held strong in the second half, and senior Sydney Sherman made multiple saves to lead the defense and preserve the win.

Leading the way:

Junior Karen Reyes has led the Marymount offense throughout the 2018 season and currently sits in the top five in the Atlantic East in points, goals, and assists. She also leads the team and has set career highs in all three statistical categories. Reyes has scored nine goals, while tallying six assists, to total 24 points on the year. Her goal tally is good for fourth in the conference, and she sits third in assists and fifth in points.

What's next?

The winner of Monday's game will advance to the Atlantic East semifinals, taking on either No. 1-seed Cabrini University or No. 2-seed Wesley College. The semifinals will take place on Wednesday, October 31; the start time is to be determined.