2017 NAC Women's Soccer Semifinals Set: Husson & NEC Advance

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Two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) women's soccer quarterfinal games were played on Saturday, October 28. No. 3 New England College defeated No. 6 UMaine-Farmington, 1-0, while No. 4 Husson claimed a 3-1 victory over No. 5 Maine Maritime.

The NAC semifinals will be played on Tuesday, October 31, as top-seeded Colby-Sawyer will host the Eagles at 2:00 p.m., while NEC will travel to No. 2 Castleton for a 6:00 p.m.

Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, November 4, at a time to be determined at the site of the higher seed.

The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship.

 

2017 NAC WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Saturday, October 28
No. 4 Husson 3, No. 5 Maine Maritime 1 - Boxscore
No. 3 New England College 1, No. 6 UMaine-Farmington 0 - Boxscore

Semifinals • Tuesday, October 31
No. 4 Husson at No. 1 Colby-Sawyer - 2:00 p.m.
 No. 3 New England College at No. 2 Castleton - 6:00 p.m.

Championship • Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBA

Game Recaps:

No. 4 Husson 3, No. 5 Maine Maritime 1 - Boxscore

The Husson University women's soccer team collected a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinals victory with a 3-1 win over Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday afternoon at Boucher Field.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 8-6-1 (6-2-1 NAC), and the Mariners finish their season at 7-11 (5-4 NAC).  

Husson's Taylor Fortin opened the scoring the 10th minute when Maine Maritime was called for an infraction in the box. Fortin was awarded a penalty kick and made the most of the opportunity. The Eagles led 1-0 early in the first half.

Fortin would add a second goal just four minutes later when she received a beautiful through ball from teammate Leah Hibbad. The seniors teamwork gave their squad a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles weren't done scoring in the first half. Hibbad found the back of the net in the 30th minute after Arianna Mckinnon fed her a great pass. Husson held a 3-0 lead at halftime.

After back and forth opportunities, Maine Maritime cut into Husson, 3-1, with only 14 minutes remaining in the second half. Eryn Doiron passed through the defense to Allison Boulier, who found the top right corner of the net. In the ensuing minutes, the Mariners pushed hard to tie the game, but Sami Ireland and the Eagles' defense were to strong. Husson collected the 3-1 quarterfinals win.

Maine Maritime outshot Husson, 18-15. Husson goalkeeper, Sami Ireland, collected 11 saves in the net while Emily Conway, of the Mariners, recorded five saves.

The Eagles travel to Colby-Sawyer on Tuesday, October 31, for a NAC semi-finals matchup.

--Courtesy of Husson Sports Information

No. 3 New England College 1, No. 6 UMaine-Farmington 0 - Boxscore

A header goal by senior Jaycie Triandafilou (Newburyport, Mass.) in the 49th minute would be the difference-maker as the third-seed New England College women's soccer team downed the sixth-seed Maine-Farmington Beavers on Saturday afternoon in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals.

With the victory, NEC improves to 8-8-2 overall and advances to the NAC semifinals on Tuesday at No. 2 Castleton. UMF sees their season come to a close at 7-11-0.

SCORING
48:04 | NEC – Jaycie Triandafilou (Nicole Cotrone)

HOW IT HAPPENED
The first half was a scoreless battle, despite a 18-2 advantage in shots for NEC. Six of NEC's 18 first-half shots were on-target.

Things changed in the early minutes of the second half, as the Pilgrims earned a corner kick. Nicole Controne's () kick was in perfect reach of Triandafilou's head, and she placed it into the left side of the net for the score.

The Pilgrims packed in the defense from there and held UMF to just one shot-on-goal in the second half.

Overall, NEC held advantages in shots (35-7), shots-on-goal (13-2), and corner kicks (13-2).

GOALKEEPERS
NEC netminder Kayla Pugliese (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) tallied two saves in the shutout. UMF's Kiana Thompson tallied 12 saves in defeat.

QUOTE FROM THE COACH
"The goal was to win and advance, and that is what we were able to do. I give a lot of credit to UMF for battling for 90 minutes. Now we redirect our focus onto the semifinals." – Head Coach Paul Vazquez

WHAT'S NEXT
The Pilgrims travel to Castleton on Tuesday for the NAC semifinals.

--Courtesy of NEC Sports Information


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