For the third time since 2003, Boston University and Maine will decide the America East women's soccer title as both teams won semifinal matches on Sunday.
The top-seeded Terriers scored twice in the final 10 minutes to down No. 4 Albany, 2-0, while No. 6 Maine got two scores from Carolyne Nellis to upset No. 2 Stony Brook, 3-1. Boston U. will be making its fourth-straight championship game appearance, while it'll be Maine's first title game since 2006. The two teams previously met for the conference crown in 2003 and 2005.
Boston U. (15-5-0), which has won 12 straight games all by shutout, racked up 31 shots on Albany (10-8-2), but the game stayed scoreless until late in the second half. Junior Jessica Luscinski, the 2010 America East Striker of the Year, broke the deadlock on a free kick from 25 yards out on the left side of the field in the 81st minute. Freshman Kylie Strom added an insurance tally just two minutes later to put the Terriers up 2-0 and seal the outcome. The Terriers' 12 straight shutouts is tied with the 1987 North Carolina and 1984 N.C. State squads for the fourth longest streak in NCAA history.
Maine (9-8-0) jumped out early on Stony Brook (6-10-2) when senior Kelsey Wilson, a second-team all-conference selection, scored her eighth goal of the season in the 12th minute. Nellis added to the lead just 12:28 later as she headed Kaitlyn MacIssac's cross into the right side of the net and gave the Black Bears a 2-0 advantage. The score held until Nellis struck again in the 73rd minute as she converted off a Stony Brook turnover. Colleen McKenna broke up the shutout with a goal in the 90th minute, but it wasn't enough to prevent Maine from becoming the first No. 6 seed ever to advance to the league title game.
The Terriers and Black Bears will meet for the championship on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Nickerson Field in Boston with an NCAA tournament bid on the line. Free live video streaming will be available at AmericaEast.com.
2010 America East Women's Soccer Championship Thursday, October 28 -- Quarterfinals Game 1: at No. 4 Albany 2, No. 5 New Hampshire 1 -- Box Score Game 2: No. 6 Maine 1, at No. 3 Hartford 0 -- Box Score
Sunday, October 31 -- Semifinals Game 3: Albany at No. 1 Boston University, 1 p.m. -- Box Score Game 4: Maine at No. 2 Stony Brook, 2 p.m. -- Box Score