College sports roundup, field hockey: Thomas 2, UM-Farmington 1

Posted Oct. 17, 2012, at 8:34 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine – Thomas College forward Brittany Premo scored with 7:49 remaining in the second overtime period to lead the Terriers to a 2-1 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in field hockey Wednesday at UMF’s Prescott Field.

Premo took advantage of a loose ball in front of the UMaine-Farmington cage following a Terrier penalty corner. With the Beavers unable to successfully clear the ball, Premo put a shot from the left side into the far corner of the UMF cage to end the game.

After UMaine-Farmington (6-7) jumped out to 1-0 lead with 13:15 remaining in the first half, Premo also scored the equalizer for Thomas with 10:49 left in the opening stanza.

The Beavers’ goal was scored by senior Emma Daniel (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough), who found of the back of the cage on a long shot off a pass from Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon).

UMaine-Farmington outshot Thomas, 15-8, and had a commanding 21-7 advantage in penalty corners. Terrier goalie Sofia Sourgiadakis was credited with eight saves for Thomas, while UMF’s Curran Brierley (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) notched two saves.

Tufts 5, Bates 0

MEDFORD – Junior Chelsea Yogerst (San Diego, CA) scored twice in the first six minutes and finished with a hat track as the eighth-ranked Tufts field hockey team rolled to a 5-0 victory over Bates in a NESCAC game Wednesday at Bello Field.

The win was the 11th in a row for the Jumbos, who improved to 11-1 overall and 7-1 NESCAC. Bates, which has lost four straight in the league, is now 4-8 including 1-7 in NESCAC.

Playing in the first of three straight home games to close the regular season, Tufts finished with advantages of 22-5 in shots and 12-2 in penalty corners. Junior Stephanie Wan (Morgan Hills, CA) finished with two assists for the Jumbos.

Yogerst scored first just 3:44 into the game on a Jumbo corner attempt, redirecting a pass from Wan for her fifth goal of the season. Less than three minutes later, she pushed the Tufts margin to 2-0 by converting her own rebound with 6:07 on the clock.

Senior Missy Karp’s (Berwyn, PA) goal from Hannah Park (Baltimore, MD) at 19:42 gave the Jumbos a 3-0 lead. Shots (13-3) and corners (10-1) were decisively in Tufts’ favor after 35 minutes. Bates’ Shannon Beaton (West Newbury, MA) and Caroline Falcone (New Canaan, CT) put shots on goal in the first half.

Just one minute into the second half, Yogerst had her hat trick with a goal again assisted by Wan. She nearly had her fourth of the day at the 27-minute mark when Lia Sagerman (LaJolla, CA) set her up wide open in front, but Bobcat first-year goalie Cristina Vega (Needham, MA) saved the shot.

With Tufts down a player due to a green card, Bates had a good scoring chance when Falcone’s shot went just wide. Later in the half, another Bobcat shot by senior co-captain Riley Kundtz (Chagrin Falls, OH) would just miss wide as well.

Tufts knotched its highest goal production of the season when junior Emily Cannon (Atkinson, NH) scored unassisted with 14:22 remaining in the second half.

Both teams played a pair of goalies in the game. Sophomore Brianna Keenan (Greenland, NH) and junior Katie Stuntz (Mamaroneck, NY) shared the shutout for Tufts, their fourth straight. Keenan saved Bates’ only two shots on goal in the first half. Bobcat starter Becca Otley (Cumberland, ME) had three saves in the first half, while Vega stopped four in the second.

Women’s soccer

Husson 1, UM-Farmington 0

FARMINGTON, Maine – Husson University scored on the University of Maine at Farmington in the game’s third minute and then the two teams battled for another 87 minutes without seeing any changes on the scoreboard, as the Eagles escaped Prescott Field with a 1-0 win over the Beavers on Wednesday in a key North Atlantic Conference women’s soccer matchup.

Husson held onto a share of first place in the NAC with the win, improving to 7-1-0 with 21 points in conference play with a 7-11-0 overall record. UMaine-Farmington fell to 5-2-1 in the NAC, 9-6-1 overall, but remains in good shape to host a NAC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with 16 points.

Husson’s Hannah Clough scored the game’s only goal just 2:43 in the contest, unassisted.

From there, UMaine-Farmington outshot Husson, 17-4, and held a 4-2 advantage in corner kick opportunities but were unable to get anything past Eagles keeper Jess Poulin. Poulin finished the day with seven saves, while UMaine-Farmington keeper Beth Lebel (Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston) logged one save.

“I think our team played as well as I could ask them to play,” said UMF head women’s soccer coach Molly Wilkie. “We possessed well, had good passing combinations, we had good quality scoring chances – we just didn’t finish, and Husson capitalized on a free kick opportunity. That is the way the game goes sometimes, but we’re looking forward to getting back on the field Saturday against Johnson.”

Men’s soccer

Husson 4, UM-Farmington 0

FARMINGTON, Maine – Husson University’s Trevor Higgins scored a pair of second-half goals to lead the Eagles to a 4-0 North Atlantic Conference win over the University of Maine at Farmington, in men’s soccer Wednesday at Prescott Field.

Husson’s (11-4-0, 7-1-0 NAC) Cameron Libbey notched what would end up being the game winner in the ninth minute, finishing off a pass from Philip Frost. Husson outshot UMaine-Farmington (1-14-0, 0-7-0 NAC) by an 11-4 count in the first half, but the Eagles still held just a 1-0 lead at the intermission.

Higgins notched his first of the afternoon in the 58th minute with Zach Emeigh assisting. Husson held onto the 2-0 lead for the next 25 minutes, before a goal by Frost in the 83th minute and a second by Higgins in the 84th gave some cushion to the Eagles’ lead.

Husson finished the game outshooting UMaine-Farmington, 17-9, and with a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

UMaine-Farmington keeper Paul Dupre (Rehoboth, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) recorded five saves with four goals allowed over his 87 minutes played in the Beavers’ goal. Chris Roberts (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy) came on to finish out the final three minutes of the contest. Husson keeper Brian Potter was credited with the shutout, and charted three saves.

Bates 5, Southern Maine 1

GORHAM, Maine – Senior John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) scored three goals and had two assists to lead the visiting Bates College Bobcats to a 5-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference men’s soccer match at played Hannaford Field.

The win snapped a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) for the Bobcats, and improved their overall record to 3-7-2. The Huskies dropped their second straight match to slide to 4-11-0.

Murphy provided the Bobcats all the offense they would need, doubling his season point total. The senior captain, who came into the match with eight points on the season, put the visitors up 1-0 at the 20:00 mark converting on a Southern Maine mistake in the back.

Senior Nick Barron (Kirkwood, Mo.) made it 2-0 off a set piece in the 37th minute. Barron got his head to a cross curled into the box by Murphy just enough to change the direction past USM freshman goalkeeper Korey Mulherin (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt). The goal was Barron’s first of the campaign.

Murphy added the Bobcats’ third goal shortly before halftime out of a scramble in front of Mulherin.

Southern Maine got on the board in the second half as sophomore Mazen Aljari (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) received a through pass from rookie Ahmed Ben Afif (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) and slid a 15-yard shot out of the reach of Bates rookie keeper Sam Polito (Far Hills, N.J.) for his seventh marker of the season in the 63rd minute.

A minute later, Murphy set up rookie Nick Ford (Columbus, Ohio) for Ford’s first collegiate goal. Murphy closed out the scoring in the 76th minute with an opportunistic goal in front of the net off an assist from rookie Luis Pereira (Curitiba, Brazil). Murphy now has six goals and four assists on the season.

Polito was credited with 10 saves before giving way to classmate Zach Shabman (Scarsdale, N.Y.) in the 82nd minute. Shabman made two stops over the final eight minutes. Mulherin split the USM goaltending chores with classmate Chad O’Brien (Providence, R.I.) as each played a half. Mulherin made one save while O’Brien registered six stops.

Bates had a 25-18 edge in shots in the first-paced match, and a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.

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