BU blanks Bears in America East soccer final

Kelsey Wilson of the University of Maine has position on Boston University's Shauna Kelleher during Saturday's America East women's soccer championship game at Nickerson Field in Boston University. The Terriers shut out the Black Bears 4-0..
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Kelsey Wilson of the University of Maine has position on Boston University's Shauna Kelleher during Saturday's America East women's soccer championship game at Nickerson Field in Boston University. The Terriers shut out the Black Bears 4-0..
Posted Nov. 07, 2010, at 9:36 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 07, 2010, at 11:07 p.m.

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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