CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The top-two seeds in the 2013 America East Women's Soccer Championship will play for the title on Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m. in Baltimore, Md., as top-seeded UMBC defeated No. 4 Hartford, 2-0, and No. 2 seed Stony Brook slipped past No. 3 Maine in a penalty shootout. The Retrievers will host the title game for the first time in school history, while Stony Brook looks for its second-straight crown. Recap Sunday's semifinals:
UMBC earned its first trip to the America East title game with its first tournament win, defeating No. 4 seed Hartford, 2-0, at Retriever Soccer Park Sunday afternoon.
Both UMBC goals came in the first half, beginning with a tally 12:44 into the game by team leading-scorer Alexa Quaranta. Nikki Boretti played a quick free kick to Quaranta who was unmarked on the right side of the box, beating the keeper with a shot to the far left corner.
The Retrievers added an insurance goal when Morgan Taylor scored her first goal of the season, chipping a ball that carried over Hartford keeper Jessica Jurg's head to make it 2-0 with less than eight minutes to play in the first half.
UMBC held strong defensively in the second half, recording the team's fifth shutout of the season. Keeper Lauren Kadet made four stops for the Retrievers.
It was the 12th win of the season for UMBC, setting a program record.
The Retrievers are making their third tournament appearance in team history, losing in the quarterfinals in their previous two trips as a No. 6 seed.
at No. 2 Stony Brook 1, Maine 1 Stony Brook wins in penalty kicks, 3-1 Box Score
Stony Brook advances to its second-straight title game after winning the championship in 2012, defeating No. 3 Maine in penalty kicks on Sunday afternoon.
The Seawolves took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute, as Leah Yurko tallied her fourth goal of the season, finishing a rebound off a Larissa Nysch shot.
The score remained that way until the 80th minute when Maine's Joanie L'Abbe found Lisa Bijman on a free kick for a header that tied the game at one.
Neither team could breakthrough in either overtime with several great saves made by Stony Brook's Ashley Castanio and Maine's Claudia Dube-Trempe.
In penalty kicks, both keepers stopped the first round of shots.
In the second round, Stony Brook's Maxie New and Maine's Noelle Leon-Palmer both converted.
Stony Brook gained the advantage in the third round with Larissa Nysch scoring and Castanio stopping a shot by Maggie Malone.
In the third round, Caitlin Pfeiffer scored and the shot from Maine's Joanie L'Abbe hit the post, giving the Seawolves a 3-1 win in penalty kicks.
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