Women’s Soccer Championship Starts Thursday With Quarterfinal Action
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - With the regular-season behind us and the postseason awards announced, it's time to start the America East Women's Soccer Championship as six teams get set to battle for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The action begins with two quarterfinal games on Thursday afternoon as No. 3 seed New Hampshire hosts No. 6 Stony Brook and No. 4 Vermont hosts No. 5 Albany, with both games starting at 2 p.m.
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- New Hampshire is looking for its first win in the America East Championship sits advancing to the title game in 2007.
- The Wildcats have qualified for the last 12 America East Championships, making it every year since the tournament expanded to six teams in 2001.
- New Hampshire lost to Stony Brook, 1-0, in double overtime just a week ago in Durham.
- Raven Edwards scored the goal for Stony Brook that clinched a playoff spot for the Seawolves.
- Before missing the America East Championship last year, Stony Brook had advanced to four-straight semifinals.
- The two teams have met just twice in championship play, with each team winning one game. New Hampshire won the last meeting, 2-1, in the 2007 semifinals. Stony Brook won in the 2002 semifinal in penalty kicks.
No. 5 Albany at No. 4 Vermont, 2 p.m.
- Vermont and Albany meet in a rematch of last year's semifinal thriller that saw the Great Danes beat the Catamounts, 2-1, in the snow in Albany.
- Shayla Bergeron, an All-Conference First Team selection this year, scored the game-winning goal.
- This is Vermont's sixth trip to the America East Championship and the first time the Catamounts have made it in back-to-back years since qualifying for four-straight years from 1995-98.
- Vermont beat Albany, 2-1, in the match-up between the teams earlier this season, as Nicoleta Hardesty and Alexandra Dezenzo both scored goals.
- Albany is 3-3-0 all-time in championship play while Vermont is 0-5-1.