|Castleton University||Maine Maritime Academy|
CASTINE, Maine – Makayla Lewis (Purcellville, Va.) scored in the 91st minute to lift Maine Maritime Academy women’s soccer to a 1-0 win over Castleton University on Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action.
In the team’s first win over Castleton since September 25, 2005, the Mariners dominated possession of the ball and outshot the Spartans 13-4.
Maine Maritime had their best chance of the game late in regulation, on a breakaway opportunity by Susana DeFrank (Temecula, Calif.), but DeFrank was called offsides and the game remained scoreless.
With just 50 seconds elapsed into the first overtime, DeFrank played a ball in front of the net, setting up Lewis who beat an outstretched Jessica Binkowsk, sending the Mariners to victory.
Behind a strong back line, Maggie McConkey (Fryeburg, Maine) earned the win in net for the Mariners, the team’s seventh shutout of the season. Binkowski ended the afternoon with seven saves.
With the win the Mariners clinch the fourth seed in the upcoming NAC Tournament, finishing 9-6-1 overall and 6-3 in the conference and will host Castleton on Sunday, October 30. Castleton concludes their regular season at 7-7-4 overall and 5-2-2 in the conference.
New England College has claimed the top seed for the 2016 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Women’s Soccer Championship, which begins with quarterfinal matchups on campus sites Sunday, October 30.
New England College (12-5-1 overall) secured the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament after compiling an unbeaten 8-0-1 record in NAC play and will earn a bye in Sunday’s quarterfinal round. Second-seeded Husson (7-7-2 overall, 6-1-2 NAC) will also earn a bye in the quarterfinals.
Colby-Sawyer (7-8-1, 6-2-1) claimed the No. 3 seed, while Maine Maritime (9-6-1, 6-3), Castleton (7-7-4, 5-2-2) and UMaine-Farmington (7-10, 5-4) earned the No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 seeds respectively to complete the six-team tournament field.
Two quarterfinal contests will be played on Sunday, as No. 3 Colby-Sawyer will host No. 6 UMF and No. 4 Maine Maritime will host No. 5 Castleton. Both quarterfinal game times will be announced early this week.
Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round which will be played on Wednesday, November 2. Top-seeded NEC will host the winner of the Maine Maritime/Castleton quarterfinal, while No. 2 Husson will host the winner of the Colby-Sawyer/UMF quarterfinal contest. Semifinal game times will be released at a later date.
Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, November 5, at a time to be determined at the site of the higher seed.
The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Championship.