'Cats ousted in America East semifinals
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The second-seeded University of Maine women's soccer team netted two second-half goals to defeat third-seeded University of New Hampshire, 2-0, in Friday afternoon's semifinal game of the America East Championships at Binghamton University's West Gym Field.
UNH, which has now been ousted from the America East championships in the semifinals three consecutive years, had its three-game winning streak snapped and ends the year at 11-8-2. The 11 wins is tied for the second-highest single-season total in the program's history and this season's tie for first place in the conference standings marked the highest finish ever for UNH.
Maine is now 13-5-1 and will play top-seeded Binghamton in Sunday's championship game.
Following a scoreless first half in which Maine recorded a 12-1 shot advantage, the Black Bears took a 1-0 lead on Marie Andree Canuel's goal at 59:50. Heather Hathorn extended the advantage to 2-0 at 68:40.
UNH goalkeeper Lynn Guguliuzza (Kenmore, N.Y.) finished with six saves. Tanya Adorno was not credited with a save as she recorded her 10th shutout of the season. Maine, which entered the week ranked No. 8 in the nation on defense, now has 12 shutouts overall.
It marked the final game for seniors Chiara Best (Rose Valley, Pa.), Jacquelyn Kendall (Belchertown, Mass.), Liz MacKay (Scituate, Mass.), Shannon Oltman (Edmonds, Wash.) and Katie Sullivan (Worcester, Mass.). Best departs as the program's career points leader with 88 and she also ranks second in goals (37) and seventh in assists (14).