STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Carolyne Nellis scored two goals, one in each half, on Sunday afternoon as the University of Maine women’s soccer team became the first No. 6 seed to advance to the America East championship game with a 3-1 semifinal victory over No. 2 Stony Brook.
Coach Scott Atherley’s Black Bears (9-8) will make the program’s first appearance in the league title contest since 2006 when they travel to top-seeded Boston University for Saturday’s 1 p.m. championship game.
The winner of that game, the third meeting between the two programs in the title game since 2003, earns the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Boston University beat Albany 2-0 Sunday for its 12th consecutive shutout and is in the championship for the third straight season.
UMaine avenged a 2-1 loss at Stony Brook on Oct. 21.
Kelsey Wilson put UMaine in front when she scored an unassisted goal from eight yards out at the 11:34 mark of the opening half.
Nellis scored the first of her two goals 24 minutes into the period, knocking in a diving header off a long cross by Kaitlyn MacIsaac. Nellis made it 3-0 with 17:34 to play, scoring into a wide-open net off a turnover in the box.
Colleen McKenna scored in the final minute for 6-10-2 Stony Brook.
Meagan Price-Leibenzeder had five saves on 14 shots for the Black Bears, while the Seawolves’ Chelsea Morales and Morgan Johanson combined for six saves on 10 shots.