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When Nicole Curtis allows a goal during practice — and it is a rare occurrence — a brief celebration often ensues among her teammates on the Merrimack women’s soccer team.

It may sound odd at first.

But it’s an accomplishment that very few Warrior foes have been able to experience this season.

In 12 starts, covering 1,120:80 minutes, the 5-foot-8 senior keeper from Billerica has yielded 13 goals (1.04 goals against average).

This season, Curtis has emerged as a goalie, headlined by her 11-save effort in a 2-1 Northeast-10 win over American International, which was ranked eighth in Division 2.

With Curtis anchoring the back, Merrimack entered the weekend at 7-3-2 (5-2-2, NE-10) and in position to make its 29th straight appearance in the conference tourney.

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