Eve L'Abbe, Swant Lead Women's Soccer Past Hartford 1-0
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Evé L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) notched the game's lone goal at 79:05 as the University of Maine women's soccer team defeated Hartford 1-0 on Thursday night in West Hartford, Conn. The Black Bears improve to 5-3-3 on the season and a perfect 2-0-0 in America East play. Hartford falls to 6-3-3 overall, 1-1-0 in conference play.
Maine and Hartford played a scoreless first half. Hartford outshot Maine in the frame 7-6. The Hawks nearly took the lead late in the first half, but a Maine defender on the goal line made a tremendous block on the play.
The Black Bears came out and controlled play early in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the goal until just over 11 minutes remaining.
The Black Bears had an initial shot that Hartford keeper Jessica Jurg was able to save, but Evé L'Abbe (Laval, Quebec) got her foot on the rebound and fired the ball past Jurg. It was the third goal of the season for Evé L'Abbe.
Despite Hartford trying to bring pressure, the Black Bears remained in control the remainder of the game to earn the 1-0 victory.
Hartford finished with a 13-12 edge in shots on goal. Maine keeper Lauren Swant (Oakille, Ontario) made one save in goal for the Black Bears and improves to 5-3-2 on the season. The shutout was the fourth of the season for Swant. Jung made three saves in net for the Hawks.
Maine returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 6 when it travels to Vermont for a 1 PM game with the Catamounts.