NEW LONDON, N.H. — Adrienne Bender’s goal off an assist from Sarah Little at the 77th minute lifted the Colby-Sawyer College Chargers by the Husson University Eagles 1-0 Tuesday in a North Atlantic Conference women’s soccer semifinal.
Colby-Sawyer improved to 18-3 and will host Castleton State for the NAC title Saturday.
Husson finished at 7-11-2.
Courtney Hill, Becca Jones, M.J. Boyce and Katie Cyr were the only Eagles able to get shots on goal with Chargers goalie Karley Hamilton making three saves.
Husson goalie Jess Poulin made 14 saves.
“I am so proud of our team — they’ve played with grit, heart, class, and passion all season, and today’s performance was a culmination of all those things and a tremendous display of fight,” Husson coach Carly Gettler said. “We’re all sad to see this season come to a close, but we couldn’t have gone out in a much stronger way.”
The top seeded Chargers improve to 18-3 overall and will host No. 2 Castleton (12-7-1) for the NAC Championship Saturday.
At Castleton, Vt., Castleton State’s Mallory Costello and Dominique Valancius each scored a first-half goal to spark the Spartans to a 2-0 first-half lead en route to the win in the North Atlantic Conference semifinal.
UMF’s Kayla Tuttle scored off an Ava Amador assist at the 61st minute to cut the lead in half, but the Spartans responded six minutes later when Valancius converted a Costello assist. Amador added a goal in the final minute for UMF, which finishes at 9-7-3. Castelton is now 12-7-1.
Beth Lebel made one save in the first half for UMF and Amy Jones made two in the second while Castleton’s Jessica Binkowski finished with two.
At North Dartmouth, Mass., senior Kathleen Landers snapped a 1-1 tie in the 59th minute of play and the third-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs went on to defeat the sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies in a first-round game of the Little East Conference tourney Tuesday.
The Corsairs (12-7-1) advance to a Thursday night semifinal at second-seeded Keene State College.
The Corsairs scored the first goal when Lucy Jensen flicked in a cross sent by Jillian Van Ness at the 24th minute.
USM tied it at the 56th minute when Nicole Bordeau scored her first career goal when she converted a free kick outside the 18-yard box.
UMD outshot USM 27-11 with USM’s Katie Cobb making nine saves and UMD’s Michelle Miller finishing with six. USM finished at 5-14-1.