May 20, 2018
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BU blanks Bears in America East soccer final

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

BOSTON — The top-seeded Boston University women's soccer team took care of business Saturday afternoon.

BU claimed its fourth consecutive America East tournament championship against a youthful University of Maine team that was the first sixth seed to ever reach an AE final, 4-0.

America East Striker of the Year Jessica Luscinski scored a pair of goals and league scoring leader Lisa Kevorkian had a goal and two assists as NCAA Tournament-bound BU, now 16-5, posted its 13th consecutive shutout, the fourth longest shutout streak in NCAA women's soccer history.

Maine, which started seven freshmen and sophomores, wound up 9-9.

"BU demonstrated why they have such a presence in our conference," said Maine coach Scott Atherley. "Their performance was superior."

"We tried our best but they were the better team," said Maine sophomore goalkeeper Meagan Price-Leibenzeder, who finished with seven saves on 22 shots.

"Our attack hit its stride and our defense was amazing as always," said junior Luscinski. "It was a very consistent game for us." 

Luscinski opened the scoring 18:25 into the game and Kevorkian expanded the lead 6:35 later.

Kylie Strom cemented the win just 1:54 into the second half and Luscinski added her second.

Luscinski's 11th goal of the year came off the rebound of a tricky 25-yard Kevorkian half-volley.

"It was a knuckleball. It was floating back and forth so I couldn't catch it. I just tried to get something on it and it went off my shin pad but, unfortunately, it went right to (Luscinski)," said Price-Leibenzeder.

Maine played significantly better after conceding that goal and had some sustained pressure in the attacking third. Maddie Hill's menacing 24-yard shot was parried over the bar by BU 'keeper Kelly King.

But Kevorkian scored her 14th when Corie Halasz's chest-high cross was dropped by Price-Leibenzeder and she easily tucked it home.

"I'd like to have that one back," said Price-Leibenzeder.

"If we had scored late in the half, it might have been a different game. But they're a great team. They deserved it," said Maine senior midfielder and captain Kelsey Wilson, one of three Maine All-Tourney picks along with senior striker Hannah Breton and junior center back Kaitlyn MacIsaac.

Strom nodded home a highlight-reel goal when Kevorkian headed a cross from Halasz across the goal mouth to her.

"I was in the right spot at the right time," said Strom, who set up Luscinski's second goal with a precise cross. 

Maine had five shots. King made the only two saves before Alice Binns and Andrea Green played in the second half.

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