PORTLAND, Maine – Eve L’Abbe (Laval, Quebec) scored 26 seconds into overtime as the University of Maine women’s soccer team opened the season with a 1-0 victory over Holy Cross on Friday afternoon.
Maine controlled play early in the first half and finished the frame with a 7-1 edge in shots. Jordan Pellerin (Waterville, Maine) led the way for the Black Bears with three shots on goal.
Holy Cross opened the second half with a shot by Alyssa Heiser, but Maine ‘keeper Lauren Swant (Oakville, Ontario) made a save to keep the game scoreless.
Maine followed up with three quick shots of the own, two by Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec). The team traded chances, but neither team was able to find the back of the net.
Just 26 seconds into overtime, Maggie Malone (Halifax, Ontario) gave the ball to L’Abbe in the box and she beat Crusaders ‘keeper Carly McCabe for the game-winner.
Swant made two saves in goal for for the Black Bears. McGabe made seven saves for the Crusaders.
WORCESTER, Mass. – The University of Maine field hockey team tuned up for next week’s season opener Friday with a 4-0 exhibition victory over Holy Cross.
“We were able to get some things in this exhibition that you can’t get out of a normal practice, like getting our players in full formations, getting to try people at different positions and working through halftime adjustments,” head coach Josette Babineau said. “We also got an opportunity to get our first year players out there and comfortable which is invaluable because they are going to play a key role this season.”
Defending America East Co-Offensive Player of the Year Annabelle Hamilton opened the scoring for the Black Bears, scoring on a pass from Becca Paradee off a penalty corner. Defending conference co-rookie of the year Cassidy Svetek picked up where she left off last season, scoring two goals.
Her first coming on a penalty corner with the assist credited to senior Fran Rowley, while the second capped the scoring for the Black Bears, also off a penalty corner, with Hamilton registering the assist. Jessica Skillings recorded the only other goal in the game, netting a Marissa Shaw pass.
“I’m really excited from what I’m seeing so far,” Babineau said. “I’m excited about all the variations we can put out there because there is such a high level of experience and skill.”