WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Eve L’Abbe’s goal at the 79:05 mark lifted the Maine women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Hartford in America East action Thursday night.
Hartford goalkeeper Jessica Jurg made an initial save on a Maine shot, but L’Abbe got her foot on the rebound and fired the ball past Jurg for her third goal of the season.
Hartford finished with a slight edge in shots on goal, 13-12, with Maine goalkeeper Lauren Swant making one save. Maine is now 5-3-2 overall and 2-0 in the league while Hartford is 6-3-3 and 1-1-0.
At Gorham, junior Caroline Falcone scored a pair of goals to lead the Bates College Bobcats by the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference game.
With the win, Bates snaps a seven-game losing streak and improves to 2-7 overall. Southern Maine falls to 4-8.
With both teams battling back and forth in the opening half, Falcone gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead with her first goal of the game in the 26th minute. After a feed from sophomore Alex Eliopoulous, Falcone beat USM keeper Kayla Kennedy with a well-placed shot to the near post.
The score held through the half and 15 minutes into the second stanza before senior Polly Merck converted a penalty shot for her first goal of the season and a 2-0 Bates lead in the 51st minute. The Huskies’ rallied to pull to within a goal of the Bobcats in the 54th minute when junior Peyton Dostie netted her team-leading ninth goal of the season. Dostie blasted in the goal following a penalty corner and a give-and-go play from freshman Leanne Reichert.
With the Huskies pushing for the equalizer, Bates closed the door on any comeback bid as Falcone scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 66th minute for a 3-1 Bobcat lead.
Bobcat sophomore Cristina Vega earned the win making six saves. Kennedy took the loss, making 10 saves.