ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The top-seeded University of Maine-Fort Kent women’s soccer team scored four first-half goals on their way to a 6-0 blanking of host Warren Wilson College in USCAA national quarterfinal action Thursday.
UMFK will face No. Albany College of Pharmacy who were 5-1 winners over No. 4 Paul Smith’s, in an 11 a.m. Friday semifinal.
In Thursday’s first round match, freshmen forward Katherine Ferland scored three goals and added an assist for UMFK, now 15-0.
Kimika Forbes, who was made a second-half penalty kick save, picked up the shutout win in goal for the Lady Bengals.
Ariane Pelletier scored two goals for the Lady Bengals and senior captain Theresa Biggs added the other for the two-time defending USCAA national champs.
WCSU 2, USM 0
DANBURY, Conn. – Junior forward Ariana D’Aurio scored her 15th goal of the season in the opening minute of play and the third-seeded Western Connecticut State University Colonials went on to defeat the sixth-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies 2-0 Thursday night at the Westside Athletic Complex in a first-round game of the 2012 Little East Conference Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament.
The victory moves the Colonials (15-3-2) into a semifinal match with second seed and instate rival Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (11 a.m.). The loss ends the Huskies (3-14-0) season.
Western Connecticut wasted little time getting on the board when it took a 1-0 lead after only 18 seconds had been played. Senior Cecelia Diaz attacked with the ball on the left side of the Southern Maine defense and dished a perfect pass D’Aurio who delivered the ball to the back of the net before Southern Maine senior keeper Katie Cobb could recover. In spite of holding a 9-2 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes, Western’s advantage remained 1-0 at the half as Cobb made three saves.
Western got an insurance goal less than five minutes into the second half. After a Southern Maine foul was called just inches outside the top of the box, senior Tracy Sales drilled a direct kick over the wall of Husky defenders, past the outstretched hands of Cobb, and into the top right corner of the goal for a 2-0 Colonial lead. The goal was the seventh of the campaign for Sales.
With the two-goal cushion, Western Conn. clamped down on defense and advanced to Saturday’s semifinal with a 2-0 final margin of victory.
For the game, the Colonials held a 13-6 advantage in shots, but the Huskies had a 4-3 edge in corner kicks.
Western Conn. starting goalkeeper, senior Jamie Trayer, made one save in 45 minutes of play, before giving way to senior Caitlin Avery, who also made one save to secure the win in the second half. Cobb finished with four saves in a losing effort.
UMFK 3, Warren Wilson 0
At Ashville, N.C., the top-ranked University of Maine-Fort Kent advanced to the semifinal round of the USCAA national tourney with the win and improved to 16-1.
UMFK will play at 1 p.m. Friday vs. either No. 4 NHTI or No. 5 Briarcliffe.
On Thursday, UMFK did all of its scoring in the first half. Chris Brooks, Sebastian Arsenault and Ross Downie scored for the Bengals.
Giovanni Sinclair was not forced to make a save on two Warren Wilson shots.
Bridgewater State 3, USM 0
BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Senior Shelby Farland scored two goals to the lead the third-seeded Bridgewater State University Bears to a 3-0 win over the seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine Huskies in the first round of the Little East Conference field hockey tournament championship Thursday night.
With their fourth straight win, the Bears improve to 17-2 overall and advance to the semifinal round. The Bears will face third-seed Keene State College Owls on Saturday. Southern Maine concludes its season with a 9-12 record.
After a scoreless opening 20-plus minutes, BSU junior Demi Miskiv put the Bears ahead 1-0 off of an assist from classmate Carissa Vizakis in the 25th minute. Farland followed Miskiv just three minutes later knocking in a goal off of one of the Bears’ eight penalty corners. Farland completed the assist from freshman Jennifer Arnold and Vizakis in the 28th minute.
Taking its 2-0 lead into the half, the BSU held the score at 2-0 until the 60th minute when Farland again connected with Arnold for her second goal of the game for the 3-0 final.
Bridgewater State held a decisive 25-4 edge in shots and an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners. USM junior goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy made eight saves, while juniors Cristina Mountain and Rebecca Pratt each made a defensive save. Bridgewater State junior goalkeeper Kacie Surgeon made three saves for the shutout.