November 5, 2005

Spartans win North Atlantic Conference Championship
earn first trip to NCAA Tournament

Castleton, VT - Castleton State College won the North Atlantic Conference Championship and earned their first automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III national tournament by defeating U. Maine-Farmington on Saturday afternoon 2-1. Both teams entered the final game by way of two shut-out wins in the early rounds of the tournament.

Courtney Wilday (Broadalbin, NY) scored in the 11th minute of play when she headed in a perfectly placed Stefanie Reuter (Manchester, CT) corner kick to give the top seeded Spartans a lead they would never relinquish. Casey FitzGerald (Bantam, CT) fired a left-footed shot just inside the near post in the 32nd minute to give Castleton a little breathing room. That lasted less than 30 seconds as the #2 Beavers scored off an Olivia Irons (York, ME) penalty kick to bring the game within 1 goal. The game would end at 2-1 but was not without opportunity and some very intense play. With 41 minutes left in the game Casey Wedge (Bristol, VT) unleashed a barrage of point blank shots at the goal which resulted in 3 consecutive team saves and finally a fantastic save by Farmington keeper, Melissa Demerchant (Presque Isle, ME). Demerchant finished the afternoon with 8 saves. The Beavers also had plenty of chances in the second half but the efforts of tournament MVP, Erin Huckabee (Marlborough, CT) and the rest of the Castleton defense turned them away time and again. Kim Allen (Newtown, CT) also came up with some nifty saves to hold onto the lead, finishing the game with 7 stops.

North Atlantic Conference Championship All-Tournament Team 

Tournament MVP: Erin Huckabee, Castleton State (Sr., Back -Marlborough, CT)
Kim Allen, Castleton State (So. Keeper - Newtown, CT)
Casey Fitzgerald, Castleton State (Jr., Mid, Bantam, CT)
Stefanie Reuter, Castleton State (So., Mid, Manchester, CT)
Amy Yandow, Castleton State (Sr., Forward, Vergennes, VT)
Jodie Welch, Maine-Farmington (Jr. Forward - Wells, ME)
Molly Hagstrom, Maine-Farmington (Sr., Back - New Sharon, ME)
Amanda Byrn, Maine-Farmington (Fr. Back - Winslow, ME)
Ashley Douglass, Maine Maritime (Jr. D - Bath, ME)
Kristin Gabor, Maine Maritime (Jr. Midfielder - Woolwich, ME)
Denise Larochelle, Bay Path (Sr. Goalkeeper - Southwick, MA)
Amanda Janik, Bay Path (So. Midfielder - Agawam, MA)

NAC Women's Soccer Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals - Saturday, October 29 at higher seeds
(8) Lasell 0 at (1) Castleton State 2
(7) Thomas 0 at (2) Me.-Farmington 2
(6) Elms 0 at (3) Bay Path 0

Bay Path advances on penalty kicks 3-2

(5) Husson 1 at (4) Maine Maritime 2
Semifinals - Tuesday, November 1 at higher seeds
(4) Maine Maritime 0 at (1) Castleton State 2
(3) Bay Path 0 at (2) Me.-Farmington 3
Championship - Saturday, November 5 at Castleton State
(2) Me.-Farmington 1 at (1) Castleton State 2

November 1, 2005

Spartans shut-out Mariners, will host women's soccer conference finals

Castleton, VT-In the North Atlantic Conference semi-finals top seed Castleton State College controlled play for the better part of 90 minutes in defeating number 4 seed Maine Maritime Academy 2-0.

In the 30th minute of play Lindsey Kendall slipped behind Mariner keeper, Meghan Marshall to score the game winner after a Tracy Stala shot had been deflected. With just under ten minutes remaining in the second half, Castleton’s leading scorer Amy Yandow received a perfectly passed ball from Stefanie Reuter and placed a shot just inside the far post to seal the Spartans’ first ever trip to the conference finals.

Kim Allen earned the shut-out victory by stopping 1 shot. Marshall finished the day with 7 saves of her own.

Maine Maritime ends their season with a 10-7-1 (7-3-1 NAC) record. Castleton advances to the North Atlantic Conference finals with a record of 14-4-2 (9-1-1 NAC). The Spartans will play host to U. Maine-Farmington who advanced to the final game with a 3-0 win over defending champion Bay Path College. Castleton defeated Farmington 2-1 in their only meeting of the season.

UMF Women's Soccer Headed to NAC Finals Following 3-0 Win over Bay Path

Olivia Irons scored at the 22:19 mark, while Melissa Porter and Jodie Welch added second-half scores to lead the Maine-Farmington women's soccer team (12-4-3) to a 3-0 victory over Bay Path in NAC Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal action this afternoon at Prescott Field. The Beavers controlled play throughout, holding a 21-3 advantage in shots, to advance to the NAC finals against top-seeded Castleton State, which beat Maine Maritime, 2-0, this afternoon. Each of the first two goals were set up by Megan McCrum, who sent a pair of brilliant passes into the box from the midfield. The final goal, Welch's team-leading 19th of the season, came on a header off a direct kick from Irons.

October 29, 2005

Kendall Lifts Spartans into NAC Semifinals

Castleton, VT-After battling a tough wind and an even tougher Laser defense, Castleton State, the top seed in the North Atlantic Conference women's soccer tournament came out firing in the second half of Saturday’s Quarterfinal game. Lindsey Kendall found the net twice to lead the Spartans to a 2-0 victory over the eighth seed Lasell College Lasers.

In the 52nd minute of play Tracy Stala gathered in a loose ball on the right side of the goal box, and crossed to Kendall who unloaded a one-touch rocket past Lasell keeper, Jamie Remmers. Kendall found the net once again in the 79th minute when a misplayed ball bounced her way in the backfield. She gathered in the loose ball, beat two defenders and slipped the ball past Remmers who came out to challenge.

Kim Allen earned the shut-out victory by stopping 4 shots. Remmers finished the day with 3 saves of her own.

Lasell College ends their season with a 6-8-2 (5-5-2 NAC) record. Castleton advances to the North Atlantic Conference semi-finals with a record of 13-4-2 (10-1-1 NAC). The Spartans will take on Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday, November 1 in Castleton, VT.

UMF Women’s Soccer Knocks Off Thomas, 2-0, in NAC Quarterfinals

Second-seeded Maine-Farmington scored a pair of second-half goals to beat Thomas, 2-0, in NAC quarterfinal action this afternoon at Prescott Field in Farmington.  After a scoreless opening half, Melissa Porter, who entered the game less than a minute earlier, re-directed a Jodie Welch corner kick at the 57:41 mark for a 1-0 lead and Erin Campbell finished off the scoring in the 75th minute, converting a pass from Welch.  The Beavers outshot Thomas, 27-1, but ran into another strong performance from Thomas goalkeeper Shannon Proctor, who stopped four shots.

Bay Path Advances Past Elms in Women's Soccer Quarterfinal

Longmeadow, MA – Bay Path College advanced past Elms College in the NAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field in Longmeadow, MA.  With the game ending in 0-0 tie following double overtime, the contest advanced to penalty kicks.

During the tie-breaking penalty kick shootout Bay Path goalkeeper Denise Larochelle stopped three shots allowing two, while Elms keeper Lauren Stauch yielded three scores stopping one.  Lauren O’Donnell and Chelsea Rose converted penalty kicks for Elms while Michelle Deyorio, Amanda Janik, and Devon Lauchmen scored for Bay Path. Larochelle and Stauch each made 10 saves in the double overtime game. 

Third seed Bay Path advances to the NAC semifinals on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 against the University of Maine at Farmington.

MMA advance to NAC semis with 2-1 win over Husson

The Lady Mariners defeated the Husson College Eagles to advance to the North Atlantic Conference semi-final round for the first time in program history. Husson had qualified as the #5 seed and MMA as the #4 seed.

Maine Maritime were quick out of the gate when Amy Asselin latched onto a Jesse Taylor pass to go around the Husson keeper in the 8th minute to give MMA the 1-0 lead. The Lady Mariners had the best of the play throughout the first half, forcing Leah Drew in goal for the Eagles to make four saves on eight shots. For the game, MMA outshot Husson by a total of 15-8, and the balance of play was reflected in the ten corners MMA had to Husson's one. Meghan Marshall in goal for the Lady Mariners made four saves on eight Husson shots.

Maine Maritime held onto the 1-0 lead until the 79th minute when Kaylin Caron turned and hit a low drive into the bottom right hand corner to beat Marshall. The Lady Mariners didn't panic though, and within 20 seconds of the restart Jesse Taylor had a great chance to put her team back on top. Leah Drew in goal for Husson made a great save off Taylor's attempt to keep the score tied at one.

Not to be denied though, the Lady Mariners came back and sealed the victory when Amy Preble (pictured right) assisted on Jesse Taylor's game winning goal in the 87th minute. Taylor ran on to Preble's pass, shrugged off the challenges from several Husson defenders, and lifted the ball over the advancing keeper to send the Lady Mariners to the NAC semi-finals with the 2-1 win.

Next up for the Lady Mariners is a semi-final contest away to  Castleton on Nov 1 at 2pm.

October 27, 2005

NAC Women's Soccer Championship Seeding Announced

With an overall record of 12-4-2 including a 9-1-1 conference mark, Castleton State College will enter the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament as the top seed. The Spartans will host eighth seeded Lasell (6-7-2 overall, 5-4-2 NAC) when tournament play begins this Saturday, October 29. This contest will be a rematch of the final regular season game played Wednesday in Castleton, Vt.; a contest won by the home squad 4-2.

Second seed Maine-Farmington (10-4-3 overall, 9-1-2 NAC) will host seventh seeded Thomas (8-7 overall, 6-5 NAC). The Terriers, who are making their first conference tournament appearance, fell 4-0 at home to UMF earlier this fall.

Defending NAC Champion Bay Path earned the third seed with a 7-2-2 record in conference play. The Wildcats (11-5-2) will play host to Elms College (8-5-2 overall, 7-3-1 NAC) on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The Blazers, who finished tied for fourth in the conference standings but are seeded sixth following predetermined tiebreakers, defeated Bay Path 2-0 earlier this season.

Fifth seed Husson (8-7-3 overall, 6-2-3 NAC) will travel to fourth seed Maine Maritime (9-6-1 overall, 7-3-1 NAC) for a quarterfinal contest. Their regular season contest ended in a 1-1 tie after the game was called at the end of regulation due to weather.

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. Quarterfinal games will be played on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the higher seed. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Tuesday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 5 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

2004 Women's Soccer Championship
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