BANGOR, Maine — In another physical match Husson Men’s Soccer continued their playoff run with a 3-2 victory over New England College Wednesday afternoon at Boucher Field.
Husson entered the match as the two-seed in the NAC Championship bracket, hot off their win Saturday against Lyndon State 2-1, to battle the three-seed of NEC who defeated Colby-Sawyer 2-1 Saturday in overtime.
Both teams went scoreless for the first 54 minutes of the game. Husson struck first at 54:25 when sophomore Stephen Berenyi (Levant, ME) netted a ball passed up to him by first year Cam Libbey (Hampden, ME), making it 1-0 Eagles.
Just a little over a minute later at 55:28 NEC’s Rob Lucas (Hooksett, NH) evened it up 1-1 when he took the ball to the net and sunk it just beyond the reach of Husson sophomore keeper Brian Potter (Waterville, ME).
Husson answered back when senior Captain James Crockford found sophomore Phil Frost (Bangor, ME) who netted his 16th goal of the season at 61:25.
Eagles Taylor Wentworth headed in a ball for his 2nd goal of the season, from Mike Desmond, who redirected a Crockford corner kick in the 67th minute, to make it 3-1 Husson.
NEC wasn’t about to go quietly, striking again in the 68th minute when Pilgrims Sean Walsh (Kingston, MA) landed his ball into the net on a Julian Yourawski (Peabody, MA).
The Eagles were able to hold the Pilgrims and finish the game 3-2 for the win. Potter had 5 saves earning the victory. NEC goalkeeper Robert Millard (Barrington, RI) had 7 saves in the loss.
Husson will be at top-seeded Thomas in Saturday’s final.
Thomas 4, MMA 0
WATERVILLE — The top-seeded Thomas men’s soccer team advanced to the NAC Finals with a decisive 4-0 victory over fourth-seeded Maine Maritime Academy on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers came out with aggression from the start and were able to strike the game’s first goal in the 17th minute, when junior Paul Rechichi was able to head in a touch from sophomore Kenny Cano to give Thomas the early lead. The Terrier offense kept up the attack as five minutes later sophomore Dakota DuPlissie would fire a shot past the keeper for the goal and a 2-0 lead. The rest of the first half featured some intense play defensively and neither team would net another goal, keeping the halftime score at a 2-0 lead for Thomas.
The second half was more of the same early on, as the physicality was picking up. It wasn’t until the 72nd minute when Thomas would score off of a Khamisi Lightbourne throw-in to increase its lead to 3-0. Freshman Joshua Phelps would get a touch over to junior Michael Hand who attempted a bicycle kick that would get over to the foot of sophomore Marcus Johnson that was a buried into the net for the goal.
Johnson would score again just over a minute later off another feed from Hand to push the game out of reach for Maine Maritime. The Mariners were able to outshoot the Terriers 15-12 Junior goalkeeper Mikkail Crockwell recorded seven saves in net for Thomas, while Mariner goalie Trace Lecour had four.
Thomas will now host the second-seeded Husson University Eagles for the North Atlantic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon on the Black Field.
Castleton State 2, Husson 0
CASTLETON, Vt. — Second-seeded Castleton State outshot No. 3 Husson 29-1 en route to a 2-0 victory over Husson University in a North Atlantic Conference women’s soccer semifinal Wednesday.
Husson was able to hold the Spartans scoreless for the first 32 minutes of the game despite numerous opportunities in front of the Husson net. Defensively Husson was able to combat the Spartans for the majority of the first half.
The Spartans pressured the Eagles and their sophomore goalkeeper Jess Poulin, but didn’t score until their 14th shot of the half. Castleton’s Halie Roberge had the ball on the near the sidelines and sent a bouncing cross toward the net. Freshman Mallory Costello charged the near post and put a foot on the ball to deflect it past the right shoulder of Poulin and into the far corner of the net.
Castleton added to its lead 16 minutes into the second half when Kelsey Garecau sent a cross into the middle of the box for Costello. She touched the ball back to Sarah Ethier, positioned just inside the near corner, and the senior blasted it into the far upper corner of the net.
Poulin made seven saves in the loss for Husson.
Husson ends their season with an overall record of 7-13-1.
Colby-Sawyer 4, UMF 1
ANDOVER, N.H. –- The University of Maine at Farmington’s 2012 women’s soccer season came to an end Wednesday with a 4-1 loss to Colby-Sawyer College in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal.
Colby-Sawyer (14-2-4), the tournament’s top seed, will host second seed Castleton in the championship match on Saturday. Colby-Sawyer makes its first trip to a title game since 1997. Castleton defeated third seed Husson 2-0 earlier today. UMaine-Farmington closes out the season with a 11-7-1 record.
The first 10 minutes went scoreless as both teams jockeyed to gain field position. In the 11th minute, the Chargers began to pepper the net and finally broke through. Junior Adrienne Bender sent a shot towards goal, but it was saved by UMF keeper Beth Lebel. Colby-Sawyer’s Lauren Bernard gained control and scored past the dive of the goalie.
The Beavers quickly responded two minutes later with an equalizer. UMF was given a corner kick that was taken by sophomore Ava Amador. She bent the ball towards the net and found the head of senior Alida Peake who flicked it into an open part of the net. The goal was Peake’s 11th of the season.
Colby-Sawyer took a 2-1 lead in the 34th minute on a goal by freshman Tallon Tomasi. UMaine-Farmington outshot Colby-Sawyer 13-12. Shay Spencer finished with eight saves and Lebel made four stops for the Beavers.
Husson 4, N. England Coll. 3
BANGOR — Husson University’s Mariah Arno scored three of her team’s four goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the Eagles by New England College 4-3 in a North Atlantic Conference field hockey semifinal Wednesday.
Almost eight minutes later Husson was at it again when Vaillancourt’s shot was destined for the back of the cage, instead drawing iron and bouncing back out. Vaillancourt had another go that was turned away and after a short scrum following the save, the Pilgrims’ keeper Courtney Duquette was called for a penalty stroke for covering up the ball in front of the net. Arno assumed the stroke duties and beautifully delivered a rocket past a sprawling Duquette into the left corner for her first goal.
Arno scored once again, this time unassisted at the 15-minute mark, blistering one into the cage yet again to push the Husson lead to 3-0.
NEC put the finishing touches on their comeback scoring once again in the 66th minute, tying the game at 3-3. Kate Roberge assisted Rachael Hunt for their first points of the day, inevitably pushing the game to overtime.
In overtime, a missed Husson pass into the middle of the field ended up at the stick of Arno who carried it past the one defender she needed to beat toward the sideline then back inside the circle towards cage. She then ripped a screamer waist high by both the keeper and the last Pilgrim defender standing at the goal line to earn the sudden victory.
Husson held a tight shot advantage 19-17, along with goalkeeper Maicee Gustin‘s 16 saves to Duquette’s 13.
Husson will host the NAC championship Sunday against Castleton State (Vt.).
Castleton 7, UMF 1
CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton State College scored seven unanswered goals to advance to the North Atlantic Conference field hockey tourney final with a 7-1 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington, in a tournament semifinal Wednesday afternoon at Spartan Stadium.
UMaine-Farmington closes the season with an 8-8 record, while Castleton improves to 16-4 and will be making its first NAC title game appearance since 2008.
UMaine-Farmington scored 40 seconds into the game, but it was all Spartans after that. The Beavers notched the game’s opening goal on a play that began with Lily Barry (Hermon, Maine/Hermon) possessing the ball on the far side of the net. She dished a pass over to Annie Agnew (Guilford, Maine/Piscataquis Community) on the near corner, who took the pass and fired a shot into the cage before Castleton goalie Jessica Galatioto could react.
Castleton responded with the equalizer just 4:18 later. Brynn Cayia fired a lead pass through the defense on the near side of the field to a streaking Rachel Preusser. Preusser took one touch before slipping it between the legs of UMF goalie Curran Brierley (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) and into the net.
Both teams had their opportunities, but it was the Spartans who broke the tie at the 26:19 mark. Kristy Pinkham ripped a pass from 40 yards out right to Preusser waiting on the near post, and she touched it home for her 22nd goal of the season.
In the second half, Castleton added to its lead in the 43rd minute. Mercedes Maltbie collected the ball off a penalty corner at the top of the circle and dished it to Pinkham. She fired a rocket that made it through the defense for the 3-1 lead.
The Spartans pushed their lead to 4-1 at the 46:27 mark when Kealy Chipman scored off a rebound. She made it 5-1 2:21 later off a nice pass from Preusser.
Preusser added her third goal with just over 16 minutes remaining and Maltbie concluded the scoring at the 56:19 mark.
Galatioto made five saves in net to earn her 16th win of the season. Brierley finished with seven saves while allowing the first six goals, before giving way to Felisha Taylor, who allowed the final score.
Chipman’s two goals on the day give her 25 for the season, breaking the previous single-season program-record of 23, set it 2008 by Carolyn Griggs. Preusser’s seven points give her 57 points, the program’s second-highest single-season total. She only trails Chipman, who has 63 points so far this season.