|University of New England||Western New England|
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — First-half tallies by Maddie Morgan and Brooke Labrie lifted third-seeded Western New England University past No.6 University of New England, 2-0, in the opening round of the 2017 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Women’s Soccer Championship, which began Saturday afternoon (Oct. 28) at Suprenant Field.
The Golden Bears (10-7-2) move on to meet second-seeded Roger Williams University (which rallied for a 3-1 win over Salve Regina) in the semifinals. Interactive Bracket
UNE concludes the season with a record of 8-9-2.
Western New England converted its first shot of the day with just 1:49 gone, as Danielle Dixon sent in a cross from the right side and Morgan booted it into the upper-left corner. In the 36th minute, Labrie stole it from a defender at the top of the box and chipped it over the keeper for a 2-0 cushion.
That was enough for goalie Alex Lemehka and the Golden Bears’ defense, which held the Nor’easters without a shot attempt in the the 2nd half. For the game, WNEU posted sizable margins in shots (18-1) and corners (9-0).
Emily Ashman (Madison, Conn.) notched six saves for UNE.