Strong Start Lifts Eagles Over Mariners in NAC Quarterfinals

Strong Start Lifts Eagles Over Mariners in NAC Quarterfinals

BANGOR, Maine – Husson University scored three goals in the first half to pick up a 3-1 victory over Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer on Saturday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinal action on Boucher Field.

The fourth-seeded Eagles earned a penalty kick in the second minute, but Maine Maritime's Emily Conway (Charleston, S.C.) came up big in net to keep the game scoreless. 

Husson took advantage of another penalty kick opportunity in the 11th minute, following a Maine Maritime handball in the box. This time Taylor Fortin's shot beat the outstretched Conway to give the Eagles the 1-0 advantage.

Fortin added another goal in the 15th minute on a pass from Leah Hibbad to make it 2-0 in favor of the Eagles.

The Mariners pressured the Husson net over the next 14 minutes, but Hibbad added a goal of her own in the 31st minute to make it 3-0.

Despite holding an 11-9 edge in shots the Mariners entered halftime down 3-0. 

Maine Maritime continued to fight, breaking up the shutout in the 77th minute on a goal from Allison Boulier (Bangor, Maine), but the Eagles hung on for the victory.

Conway ended the afternoon with five saves in the loss, while Husson's Sami Ireland tallied 11 saves in the win. 

The Mariners conclude their season at 7-11 overall, while the Eagles improve to 8-6-1 on the season and will advance to the NAC Semifinals against the top-seeded Colby-Sawyer College on Tuesday, October 31.