Husson wins fourth-straight NAC Women's Soccer Championship

Box Score

Castleton, VT - Megan Clement (Brunswick, ME) scored a goal andassisted on another as Husson University defeated Castleton StateCollege 3-1 in the 2009 North Atlantic Conference women’s soccerchampionship at Spartan Stadium.

Clement served a perfect corner kick in the 11th minute of play and AmySanz (Tyngsboro, MA) was able to get enough leg on it to redirect itpast the dive of Castleton keeper Erick Davis (Cambridge, VT) to break ascoreless tie. The corner was set up after Kelly Tetreault (Tolland, CT)blocked a Shelby Bradford (Lee, ME) shot that appeared destined to findthe inside of the near post. Clement scored what proved to be the gamewinner 19 minutes later, when Bradford lofted a pass over the defenseand Clement one touched it over the outstretched hand of Davis.

Castleton nearly stole the early momentum when, in the fifth minute ofplay, NAC Player of the Year Courtney Chadburn (North Clarendon, VT)found herself on the back side of the defense thanks to a pass fromAshley Ledoux (Swanton, VT). Caitlyn Butterfield (Gorham, ME) came fromthe weak side to make a phenomenal tackle, and extinguish the threat.After the first Eagle goal, Ledoux and Castleton pressed, nearly findingthe equalizer on two different occasions. The first came on anotherLedoux serve to freshman Megan Blongy (Rutland, VT) Blongy one touchedit just high over the cross bar from four-yards out. The second camewhen Ledoux took a direct kick from 20 yards out, and struck it off thenear side post. Courtney Ethier (Portsmouth, RI) struck a rocket on therebound, but Sanz was there to block the shot and send it away from thegoal. With 13:20 remaining Butterfield broke up yet anotherLedoux-to-Chadburn attempt, and Ledoux rocked the crossbar with 2:40remaining in the half to keep the score 2-0 entering intermission.

Husson struck first in the second half as Alexandra Laniewski(Scarborough, ME) notched an unassisted tally from the left corner ofthe penalty box, just inside the far post. Husson nearly made it 4-0 three minutes later, but Davis was able to punch away a crossing passoff from another Clement corner kick. The Eagles attempted eight cornerkicks to Castleton’s one, and nearly converted on better than half,had it not been from some solid work by Davis.

Castleton broke through for its only goal of the contest in the 62ndminute of play on Chadburn’s 24th of the season assisted by Blongy.The Spartans were set up for an indirect kick, from four-yards out afteran Eagle defender made a direct pass back to Husson goalie Jen Plourde(Howland, ME). Plourde scooped it up with her hands for the violation,setting up the indirect kick. Blongy touched it quickly, and Chadburnbent a rocket around the wall and above Plourde for the goal. It wasPlourde’s only mistake of the afternoon, as she was flawless in allother aspects. With 11:31 remaining, Ledoux made another bid to connectwith Chadburn, but Plourde came out and made a fantastic one-on-onesave.

For the game Plourde stopped seven shots on net while the freshmanDavis turned away four for Castleton. The contest was yet another dandy,in a rivalry that has grown over the last decade. The Eagles now hold a6-4-1 advantage over the last nine seasons, including a pair of wins inconference tournament play.

With the win Husson improves to 15-5-0 overall and advances to the 2009NCAA Division III National Tournament. Castleton falls to 11-6-2overall, and awaits to see if it will receive a bid to the ECAC NewEngland Tournament next week.

2009 NAC Women’s Soccer All-Tournament
Kylan Smith, Husson - Most Valuable Player
Shelby Bradford,Husson
Caitlyn Butterfield, Husson
Megan Clement, Husson
Amy Sanz, Husson
Carisa Chadburn, Castleton
Courtney Chadburn, Castleton
Katie Hoxsie, Castleton
Kelsi Eiane, Maine Maritime Academy
Alexis Bennett, Maine Maritime Academy
Noelle Moulton, University of Maine-Farmington
Melissa St. Amand, University of Maine-Farmington

NAC Women's Soccer Championship
First Round - Tuesday, October 27 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State at (3) Maine Maritime
(5) Green Mountain 1 at (4) Farmington 4
Semifinals - Saturday, October 31 at higher seeds
(4) Farmington 0
at (1) Castleton 6
(3) Maine Maritime 0 at (2) Husson 3
Championship - Sunday, November 8 at Castleton
(2) Husson at (1) Castleton



Ocotber 31, 2009

Castleton advances to NAC Final with 6-0 win over Farmington

Box Score

Castleton, VT - Courtney Chadburn (North Clarendon, VT) scored two goals and added an assist as Castleton State College advanced to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women’s soccer championship with a 6-0 win over University of Maine-Farmington in the semifinal round Saturday at Spartan Stadium.

Ashley Ledoux (Swanton, VT) opened the scoring in the 15th minute of play, striking from 25 yards out for her sixth goal of the season. Ledoux received a five-yard pass from Maria Arnot (Milford, NY) and Ledoux struck a rocket just inside the far post. Chadburn made it 2-0 off a Ledoux assist just three minutes later. An indirect kick from the six-yard line was awarded when a Farmington player was called for a dangerous play on the goal line. Ledoux touched it towards Chadburn, who slipped it under the dive of Farmington keeper McKell Barnes (Durham, ME). Kelly Gerken (Scottsville, NY) gave Castleton a 3-0 lead when she corralled a turnover inside the 18-yard box and struck for her second goal of the season. Sarah Ethier (Portsmouth, RI) scored the first of her two goals of the game on a nifty hook up from Chadburn. Chadburn slipped a pass back to Ethier who scored from 24 yards out inside the upper-90.

Chadburn and Ethier each scored unassisted tallies in the second half for the final margin.

Barnes was tested the entire 80 minutes she played, stopping 12 shots on net before giving way to Ashley Holshouser (Berwick, ME) for the final 10 minutes. Barnes made nine saves in the first half alone, as the Spartans applied early pressure, rifling off 20 of their 31 shots over the first 45 minutes of play.

Cady Kerin (Barre, VT) stopped the lone shot that came her way to record the shutout. Castleton has yet to yield a goal in nine games (8-0-1) at Spartan Stadium this year, outscoring their opponents 28-0.

Farmington’s season ends at 8-10-1. Castleton will host the NAC Championship game Saturday, November 7 versus the winner of the other semifinal game featuring Husson and Maine Maritime. Top-seed Castleton will take an 11-5-2 record into the game.


October 31, 2009

Husson Advances to NAC Championship With 3-0 Win Over Maine Maritime

Box Score

Bangor, ME - Husson University advanced to the NAC Championship game with a 3-0 win over Maine Maritime Academy.  The Husson Eagles will seek their fourth straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) title when they face Caslteton State College on Saturday, November 7. 

Husson's Megan Clement (Jr., Brunswick, ME) scored the first goal of the game.  Shelby Bradford (Sr., Lee, ME) provided the assist off a quick restart with a touch pass to Clement.  Mariners' goalkeeper Jess Stahl (Jr., Bowdoin, ME) made the initial save but Clement collected the rebound and scored.  The game's second goal came 34:17 minutes into the first half notched by Megan LaJoie (Jr., Van Buren, ME).  Bradford provided the assist by beating a defender and passing to LaJoie who scored the lower-left side goal.  Clement collected her second goal of the day bringing the score to 3-0 off a strike thirty yards out.  On the goal, Bradford contributed her third assist of the game with 12:46 left on the clock.

Maine Maritime's Jess Stahl recorded 16 saves against 29 shots.  Husson's Jen Plourde (Sr., Howland, ME) tallied two saves on the shutout and faced five shots.

With the win, Husson improves to 14-5 and Maine Maritime ends their season with a record of 10-7-1.  The second seed Husson will travel to the first seed Castleton for the NAC Championship game Saturday, November 7.  Game time is yet to be determined.

October 27, 2009

Maine Maritime Scores Early to Beat Johnson State 4-2

Box Score

Castine, Maine - Maine Maritime got a goal from Jess Stahl in the third minute of the opening stanza and went on to beat Johnson State College 4-2 in a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal match Tuesday afternoon. With the win MMA improves to 10-6-1 on the season and advances to play at Husson University in a semifinal match on Saturday afternoon at 1pm.

Maine Maritime struck first in 4th minute when junior defender Jessica Stahl (Bowdoin, ME) scored directly off of a corner kick to give MMA the 1-0 lead. The Stahl goal was her first tally of the season.

The Lady Mariners struck again in the 14th minute when Callie Thompson (Windsor, ME) collected an Alexis Bennett (Freedom, ME) pass and chipped it over the Badger keeper from 20-yards out to give MMA the 2-0 advantage.

The Lady Mariners scored again in the 68th minute when Callie Thompson slid a pass through the box to the feet of Diana Manatt-Rogers (Conway, MA) who one timed the ball into the back of the Badger net. The goal gave MMA the 3-0 lead. MMA tallied their fourth goal of the day in the 80th minute when Emily Brogden (Union, ME) scored off of a cross from senior captain Kim Watts (Tennants Harbor, ME).

The Badgers got on the board 81st minute when Amy Barrows (Vergennes, ME) placed a penalty kick in the top left corner of the net to close the gap to 4-1. The goal came after a collision occurred inside the box and a penalty was called giving the badgers the PK. The Badgers scored the final goal of the match in the 89th minute when Jacqueline Poutre (Underhill, VT) scored an unassisted goal.

Lacey Jackson (York, PA) recorded the win for MMA making 2 saves on 6 shots. Morgan Solomon (Cavendish, VT) took the loss making 6 saves on 15 MMA shots in net for the Badgers. Johnson State ends the season at 6-8-1 overall.

October 27, 2009

Moulton's Hat Trick leads Farmington over Green Mountain in NAC Semifinal

Box Score

FARMINGTON, Maine – Noelle Moulton (York, ME) netted a hat trick with the first three goals of her collegiate career as No. 4 University of Maine at Farmington dispatched No. 5 Green Mountain College 4-1 in a North Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer First-Round Game this afternoon at Prescott Field.

The Beavers (8-9-1) are scheduled to visit top-ranked Castleton State College (10-5-2) in semifinal action on Saturday at noon. The Eagles finished their season at 6-9-1.

Farmington opened quickly with a pair of scores in the opening nine minutes. Beth Charles (New Vineyard, ME) scored off a misplayed ball at 2:58 and Moulton knocked in a Leigh Ronald (Farmington, ME) free kick at 8:44 for the 2-0 advantage. The Beavers pushed the lead to 3-0 when Moulton punched in a Ronald corner kick at 59:01.

Green Mountain – held without a shot for the first 51:48 – was able to break through at 78:13 when Kimberly Blank (West Lebanon, NY) found a seam in the Beaver defense and hit the streaking Taylor Riso (Portland, OR) for a goal.

Moulton completed the hat trick with four seconds left as she booted in the rebound of an Alida Peake (Penobscot, ME) attempt for the 4-1 victory.

McKell Barnes (Durham, ME) stopped a pair of shots for Farmington, which outshot the Eagles 19-5.

Karen Davidson recorded eight saves for Green Mountain.



October 25, 2009

Castleton Earns Top Seed in NAC Women's Soccer Championship

With a perfect 7-0 conference record, Castleton State College will enter the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Tournament as the top seed when tournament play begins this Tuesday, October 27. The Spartans (10-5-2 overall) have earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Saturday, October 31.

The Maine Maritime (9-6-1 overall, 4-2-1 NAC) earned the third seed and will host sixth seed Johnson State (6-7-1 overall, 1-5-1 NAC) in a first round contest on Tuesday. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie when they met in Castine, Maine a week ago.

Three-time defending champion Husson, who posted a 6-1 mark in conference play, earned the second seed and a first round bye. The Eagles, 13-5 overall and ranked 9th in the most recent NCAA regional poll, will host the winner of Maine Maritime and Johnson State on Saturday, October 31.

Fourth seed Maine-Farmington (7-9-1 overall, 3-3-1 NAC) will host Green Mountain (6-8-1 overall, 3-3-1 NAC) in the other first round matchup Tuesday. The two teams played to a scoreless tie when they met in early October. Farmington was awarded the right to host following predetermined conference tiebreakers. The winner will play Castleton in a semifinal contest on Saturday, October 31.

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 Tuesday, October 27 at the higher seed. First round winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Saturday, October 31. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 7 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 - Tuesday, October 27 at higher seeds
(6) Johnson State   at (3) Maine Maritime
(5) Green Mountain   at (4) Farmington  
Semifinals - Saturday, October 31 at higher seeds
Farmington/Green Mountain winner
  at (1) Castleton  
Maine Maritime/Johnson State winner
  at (2) Husson  
Championship - Saturday, November 7 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners