Castine, Maine – Kelsea Anair (Richmond, Maine) scored in the 67th minute to lead Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer to their first-ever North Atlantic Conference (NAC) championship, with a 1-0 win over UMaine-Farmington on Sunday.
With the win the Mariners improve to 13-4 on the season, while the Beavers conclude their season with a 9-10-1 overall record. Maine Maritime advances to the 2019 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament and will learn who they face in the first round during the NCAA selection show on Monday, November 10th at 1:00 pm. Watch the selection show and view the national bracket found HERE.
The Mariners and Beavers battled back-and-forth in the first half with but neither team was able to capitalize on their chances. Farmington held a 5-4 advantage in shots, while the Mariners held a 3-0 advantage in corners in the first half.
Anair scored the game-winner to earn tournament MVP honors, when she headed in a cross from Laura Blue (Brisbane, Australia) to beat Farmington's Callie Hammer (Ellsworth, Maine). The Mariners outshot the Beavers 11-9 and held a 7-1 advantage in corners.
Emily Conway (Charlestown, S.C.) made two saves in the clean sheet win, while Hammer made three saves in the defeat.
(Courtesy of Maine Maritime Sports Information)
Rachael Scoones – SUNY Delhi
A'mya Joseph – SUNY Delhi
Alexa Thayer – Husson
Emily Helgerson – Husson
Adriana Novella – UMaine-Farmington
Fern Calkins – UMaine-Farmington
McKenna Brodeur – UMaine-Farmington
Jillian Holden – Maine Maritime
Suzanne Wooldridge – Maine Maritime
Eryn Doiron – Maine Maritime
Kelsea Anair – Maine Maritime – MVP
Quarterfinals - Saturday, Nov. 2 or Sunday, Nov. 3 (at higher seed)
#3 UMaine-Farmington 4 / #6 Thomas 1
#4 SUNY Delhi 5 / #5 SUNY Canton 0
Semifinals - Friday, Nov. 8 (at #1 Maine Maritime)
#1 Maine Maritime 1 / #4 SUNY Delhi 0
#2 Husson 1 / #3 UMaine-Farmington 2
Championship - Sunday, Nov. 10, 11:30 AM (at Maine Maritime) Maine Maritime Championship Central
#1 Maine Maritime 1 / #3 UMaine-Farmington 0