November 6, 2010

Castleton Wins Women's Soccer NAC Final, Advances to NCAA Tournament

CASTLETON, Vt. - Hilary Cooke (Marlborough, Conn.) scored just three minutes and nine seconds into the contest, and the Castleton State College defense needed little else as the Spartans defeated Husson University 3-0 in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's soccer championship.

The top-seeded Spartans improve to 16-2-1 overall and earn the automatic qualifier to the NCAA National Tournament. The four-time defending champion and third-seeded Eagles wrap up their season at 14-6-1.

Cooke notched her 16th goal of the season, heading home a Kelly Tetreault (Tolland, Conn.) serve. Tetreault took a direct kick from 30 yards out, played it perfectly into the box and Cooke was able to get just enough of the ball to redirect it past Husson goalie Rozlyn Peterson (Newport, Maine).

Five minutes later Castleton pushed its lead to 2-0 as Brandy White (Springfield, Vt.) headed home her second goal of the season. Three-time NAC Player of the Year Courtney Chadburn (North Clarendon, Vt.) sent a cross into the left edge of the box from the right flank that White allowed to bounce once and redirected inside the right post.

With 24 minutes remaining in the first half Castleton had a pair of corner kicks turned away by an excellent individual effort from Peterson to keep the Eagles within striking distance.

Husson tried to press in the second half, and very nearly cut the lead in half nine minutes in. Alexandra Laniewski (Scarborough, Maine) set up Michelle Manning (Hampden, Maine) streaking inside the right edge of the box. Manning found herself alone with Castleton goalie Ericka Davis (Cambridge, Vt.). Manning tried to push it past towards the left foot but Davis dove and made a one-handed save to preserve the shutout.

Castleton took a 3-0 lead on an own goal in the 65th minute as Megan Blongy (Rutland, Vt.) sent a cross in from the right side that was redirected into the goal by a Husson defender.

The Eagles once again had a scoring chance with 14 minutes remaining as Caitlyn Butterfield (Gorham, Maine) sent a long serve into the box that Laniewski nearly headed home, but Davis was equal to the task.

Peterson ended the contest with four saves and Davis stopped four to earn her seventh shutout of the season.

Castleton will make its second trip to the NCAA National Tournament, avenging last season’s loss in the conference final to the Eagles. Since 2001 the two teams have met 13 times, with Husson leading the series 6-5-2. The 16 wins this season equals a program-high set in 2004 when Castleton went 16-4-1. The Spartans last earned a spot in the tournament in 2005, losing to Springfield College in the opening round.

NAC WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
University of Maine-Farmington - Katie Cray
University of Maine-Farmington - Renee Brown
Johnson State College - Kathryn Johnson
Johnson State College - Emily Hassard
Husson University - Alexandra Laniewski
Husson University - Kayleigh Piccirillo
Husson University - Katelyn Cloutier
Castleton State College - Kelly Tetreault - MVP
Castleton State College - Hilary Cooke
Castleton State College - Courtney Chadburn
Castleton State College - Maria Arnot
Castleton State College - Megan Blongy


November 4, 2010

Castleton to host Husson for NAC Women's Soccer Championship

Top seed Castleton will host four-time defending champion and third-seed Husson University in the Championship game of the NAC Women's Soccer Tournament on Saturday in Castleton, Vermont.

Maria Arnot scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner as the top-seed Castleton defeated fourth-seeded Johnson State 3-1 in NAC women's soccer semifinal action.

Husson topped second-seeded Farmington 2-0 in semifinal action. The Eagles were the benefactors of an own-goal 12 minutes into the contest and expanded the advantage on a header by Katelyn Cloutier with 15 minutes left in the second half to seal the victory.

Castleton and Husson played to a scoreless tie when the two squads hooked up in Maine on October 17. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

 

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

 


October 27, 2010

Husson, Johnson State Advance in NAC Women's Soccer Championship

Higher seeded Husson and Johnson State each won first round contest in the NAC women's soccer championship.

Husson defeated Thomas 5-0 in the first round action in Bangor. The Eagles' Michelle Manning paced the squad with three goals on the day.  With the win, the Eagles advance to the NAC semifinals on October 31 at U. Maine Farmington and improve their record to 13-5-1.

Fourth seed Johnson State defeated the fifth seed Green Mountain College in the first round of the NAC women's soccer playoffs on Wednesday at Minaert Field by the score of 2-0.  The Badgers (9-6, 3-4 NAC) move on to the NAC Semifinals where they will meet the top seed Castleton on Sunday at 2:00 pm. 

NAC Women's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 27 at higher seeds
(6) Thomas
0
at (3) Husson
5
(5) Green Mountain
0
at (4) Johnson State
2
         
Semifinals - Sunday, October 31 at higher seeds
(4) Johnson State
  at (1) Castleton  
(3) Husson
  at (2) Farmington  
         
Championship - Saturday, November 6 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners

October 23, 2010

Castleton Earns Top Seed in NAC Women's Soccer Championship

With a 6-0-1 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 Wednesday, October 27. The Spartans (14-2-1 overall) have earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Sunday, October 31.

Four time defending champion Husson (12-5-1 overall, 5-1-1 NAC) earned the third seed and will host sixth seed Thomas (6-10 overall, 2-5 NAC) in a first round contest on Wednesday. Husson defeated the Terriers 3-0 in the last contest of the regular season Saturday.

The University of Maine at Farmington, who posted a 6-1 mark in conference play, earned the second seed and a first round bye. The Beavers, 9-7-1 overall, will host the winner of Husson and Thomas on Sunday, October 31.

Fourth seed Johnson State (8-9 overall, 3-4 NAC) will host Green Mountain (4-9-2 overall, 2-4-1 NAC) in the other first round matchup Wednesday. The two teams met in the last game of the regular season with the Badgers winning 1-0 in Johnson. The winner will play Castleton in a semifinal contest on Sunday, 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 Wednesday, October 27 at the higher seed. First round winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Sunday, October 31. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 6 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 27 at higher seeds
(6) Thomas
  at (3) Husson
 
(5) Green Mountain
  at (4) Johnson State
 
         
Semifinals - Sunday, October 31 at higher seeds
Johnson State/Green Mountain winner
  at (1) Castleton  
Husson/Thomas winner
  at (2) Farmington  
         
Championship - Saturday, November 6 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners