Husson defeats Farmington in NAC Women's Soccer final

Husson won their third straight NAC title with a 2-1 win over U. Maine Farmington at John Boucher Field.  Tournament MVP Shelby Bradford (Jr, Lee, ME) had both goals to pace the Eagles to the win. 

After a scoreless first half, Husson came out strong to start the second half.  Bradford found the net just :41 into the second half.  She received a throw in just outside the box and carried it by the defender, firing a low shot just under Mckell Barnes (So, Durham, ME). 

One minute later it appeared the Katie Nickerson (Sr, Belfast, ME) had put the Eagles up 2-0 but the goal was waved off because of a hand ball.  Bradford found the net 5:52 into the half off a pass from Samantha Homer (Jr, Charlton, MA).  Bradford received the pass at the top of the box and found the top right corner. 

The Beavers made a late push as Amber Murphy (Jr, Manchester, NH) took a pass Julie Walters (Sr, Wells, ME) and shot it past Tatyana Wolterbeek (Sr, Wells, ME) making it 2-1 with 2 minutes to play.

Wolterbeek finished with 3 saves against 7 shots while Barnes had 9 saves against 21 shots. 

Husson moves to 15-4 on the season while U. Maine Farmington finishes at 10-8. 

Husson advances to the NCAA III National Tournament for the 4th time in six years.

2008 All-Tournament Team
Tournament MVP - Shelby Bradford, Husson
Kylan Smith, Husson
Katie Nickerson, Husson
Samantha Homer, Husson
Julie Walters, Maine-Farmington
Katie Schwarz, Maine-Farmington
Amanda Byrne, Maine-Farmington
Monique Conture, Green Mountain
Karin Bellimare, Green Mountain
Carisa Chadburn, Castleton
Katie Hoxsie, Castleton

NAC Women's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 29 at higher seeds
(6) Lyndon State 2 at (3) Farmington 3 OT
(5) Maine Maritime 0 at (4) Green Mountain 3
Semifinals - at higher seeds
(4) Green Mountain 0 at (1) Husson 3
(3) Farmington 1 at (2) Castleton 0 OT
Championship - Saturday, November 8 at Husson
(3) Farmington 1 at (1) Husson 2


November 1, 2008

Husson Advances to NAC Championship

Husson advanced to the NAC Championship game with a 3-0 win over Green Mountain College.  Husson will seek their 3rd straight title as they will face U. Maine Farmington on Saturday, November 8. 

Shelby Bradford (Lee, ME) paced the Eagles with a goal and an assist.  She set up Husson first goal finding Samantha Homer (Jr, Charlton, MA) down the right side for the game's first goal.

Husson went up 2-0 with just under three minutes left in the half with a goal by Megan Clement (So, Brunswick, ME).   Laurie Melen (Sr, Londonderry, NH) assisted on the goal. 

Karen Davidson (Fy, Seymour, Ct) played well in goal for Green Mountain recording 11 saves against 31 shots.  Davidson kept the game at 2-0 with a series of saves to start the second half.  She was aided with two defensive saves by Nicole Delong (Fy, Dover, NH). 

Bradford scored at the 81st minute making it 3-0.  Katie Nickerson (Sr, Belfast) initial shot hit the cross bar, she played the rebound to Bradford who found the back of the net.  With the three goals on today, Husson broke the school record for goals in a season.  They now have 83 goals this season, the previous record was 81. 

Tatyana Wolterbeek (Sr, Wells, ME) had the win in goal, facing 4 shots with no saves.  Husson recorded their 9th shutout on the season. 

Husson is now 14-4 while Green Mountain finishes their season at 9-9

Husson will host the NAC Championship on Saturday, November 8th at 11:00 am against U. Maine Farmington. 

November 1, 2008

Farmington advances to NAC Final with 1-0 overtime win at Castleton

Castleton, VT-Junior forward, Amber Murphy scored with 24 seconds remaining in the first overtime to propel the third-seeded University of Maine-Farmington to a 1-0 North Atlantic Conference Semifinal win at second-seed Castleton State College.

Both teams battled through 90 minutes of scoreless soccer to set up the sudden-victory overtime period. Castleton had a number of chances throughout regulation, out-shooting the Beavers 22-8 on the afternoon. Farmington bent, but would not break as the Beaver defense turned away countless opportunities.

Farmington also had several excellent chances on counter-attacks, but likewise, the Spartan defense held strong.

With 40 seconds remaining in regulation, Castleton sophomore, Courtney Chadburn set up for the team's eighth corner kick of the game. Chadburn played the ball into the goal mouth and it seemed destined for the far post. Farmington goal keeper, McKell Barnes made, quite
possibly, the play of the afternoon when she rose above the crowd and punched the ball away, forcing overtime.

The game appeared destined for a second overtime, but with 24 seconds left, an odd play set up Murphy for the game winner. Castleton once again appeared to turn away a scoring chance, Murphy was able to force a turnover 40 yards away from the goal. Murphy then played a harmless pass into the box that Castleton goalie Nakita Baldic lined up in her sights.
Baldic tried to play the ball off of a hop but it took an awkward bounce over her head and trickled just inside the far post for the game winner.

Both defenses and goal keepers were outstanding in the back for the entire afternoon, with Baldic stopping one shot and Barnes four. Castleton's season comes to a close at 11-8 overall with the loss.

Farmington awaits the winner the other semifinal match between top-seed Husson University and fourth-seeded Green Mountain College to be played Sunday, November 2 at 1:00 pm. The NAC Final will be played at the highest remaining seed on November 8 at a time yet to be determined.

Farmington, Green Mountain advance in NAC Women's Soccer First Round

The University of Maine-Farmington and Green Mountain advanced to the semifinal round of the NAC women's soccer championship with first round victories this afternoon. Farmington's Chelsea Norton scored 3:47 into overtime to propel the Beavers past sixth seed Lyndon State, 3-2 OT. Green Mountain downed Maine Maritime 3-0.

Norton lifts Farmington women's soccer into semis

FARMINGTON, Maine -- Chelsea Norton (Westbrook, ME) scored 3:47 into overtime to propel the University of Maine at Farmington women's soccer team into the North Atlantic Conference semifinals as the No. 3 Beavers knocked off sixth-seeded Lyndon State College 3-2 in first-round action today at Prescott Field.

The Beavers (8-7) are scheduled to visit No. 2 Castleton State College (11-7) this weekend. The game time will be announced as soon as possible. The Hornets ended their season at 7-10-1.

Norton's game-winner was preceded by a tying marker from Melissa St. Amand (Windsor, ME) with only one second remaining in the match. With the Hornets leading 2-1, despite being outshot 36-3, Amanda Byrne (Winslow, ME) pushed the ball ahead on an attempted clear by the visitors in the waning moments and set off a goal-mouth scramble that was finished with St. Amand punching the ball into the back of the net to even the score at 2-2 at 89:59. The Beavers carried the momentum into the extra session with Norton teeing up an Amber Murphy (Manchester, NH) cross for the 3-2 victory at 93:47.

This is the second time this season these two teams have played an overtime game. On Oct. 12 in Farmington, the Beavers edged the Hornets 1-0 on a Murphy tally in the 95th minute.

Lyndon State's Kelly Warren (Carroll, NH) tallied a pair of goals, the second with 4:04 remaining in regulation to give the Hornets a 2-1 edge. Following a score by Murphy off a Laura St. John (Wayne, ME) pass 20:27 into the match, Warren knotted the game in the opening half with an unassisted marker at 32:15.

Crystal Johnson (Skowhegan, ME) manned the pipes for Beavers with one save -- a diving stop of an upfield push by Warren in overtime.

Natalia Shams (Swampscott, MA) recorded 12 saves for Lyndon State. Shams smothered a pair of doorstep bids by Murphy to open the second half.

Green Mountain College Wins 3-0 to Advance to the NAC Semi-finals

Poultney, VT - Three goals were scored by three different freshman in the first half to secure the victory for the Eagles, in the first round of North Atlantic Conference action. The Eagles started their attack quickly, scoring 1 minute and 41 seconds into the game. Freshman standout, Taylor Riso (Portland, OR.) drove the ball past Mariner keeper, Lacey Jackson (York, PA) off of a cross from fellow freshman, Erin Burch (Lebanon, CT).

Green Mountain challenged the Mariner keeper eight minutes later, when freshman midfielder, Nicole deJong (Dover, NH) lofted a ball from 30 yards out scoring in the upper corner of the goal. She was assisted by senior midfielder Monique Couture (Santa Barbara, CA). The Eagles maintained possession for the remainder of the half, finishing their scoring when freshman Emily Heale (East Bethany, NY) ran on to a ball inside the six yard box. Monique Couture was able to capture her second assist of the match.

Eagle keeper, Karen Davidson was relatively unchallenged, making one save to earn a fourth shut-out. Mariner goalkeeper, Lacey Jackson, made 7 saves.

Green Mountain College improved to 9-8 on the year, and will be heading to Bangor, Maine over the weekend, where they will face top seeded and undefeated NAC opponent, Husson College. Kickoff is slated to begin at 1pm on Sunday November 2nd.  Maine Maritime wraps up their season at 5-10-2.

NAC Women's Soccer Championship Seeds Announced

Two-time defending champion Husson University, with an overall record of 13-4 including a 7-0 conference mark, will enter the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament as the top seed when tournament play begins this Wednesday, October 29. The Eagles have earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Sunday, November 2.

The University of Maine-Farmington (7-7 overall, 5-2 NAC) earned the third seed and will host Lyndon State (7-9-1 overall, 2-4-1 NAC) in a first round contest on Wednesday. The Beavers defeated the Hornets 1-0 in overtime when the two teams met in Farmington two weeks ago.

Castleton, who posted a 6-1 mark in conference play, earned the second seed and a first round bye. The Spartans, 11-7 overall, will host the winner of Farmington and Lyndon State on Sunday, November 2.

Fourth seed Green Mountain (8-8 overall, 4-3 NAC) will host Maine Maritime (5-9-2 overall, 2-4-1 NAC) in the other first round matchup Wednesday. Green Mountain scored twice in the closing minutes to put away the Mariners 3-0 when the two teams met in Maine.

The top six teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. First round games will be played on Wednesday, October 29 at the higher seed. First round winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Sunday, November 2. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 8 at the highest remaining seed. Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket 

NAC Women's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 29 at higher seeds
(6) Lyndon State   at (3) Farmington  
(5) Maine Maritime   at (4) Green Mountain  
Semifinals - Sunday, November 2 at higher seeds
Green Mountain/Maine Maritime winner   at (1) Husson  
Farmington/Lyndon State winner   at (2) Castleton  
Championship - Saturday, November 8 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners