Women's Soccer Ties Stony Brook 1-1; Seawolves Advance to Title Game on Penalty Kicks
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The University of Maine women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double overtime draw with Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon in the America East semifinals. The Seawolves advanced to the America East championship game via penalty kicks.
Stony Brook struck first when Leah Yurko scored off the rebound of a Larissa Nysch shot at 29:11. It was the fourth goal of the season for Yurko.
Maine nearly tied the game several times on outstanding chances resulting from corner kicks.
Maine knotted the game at 79:02 when Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario) headed the ball past Stony Brook keeper Ashley Castanio off a free kick by Joanie L'Abbe (Lava, Quebec). For Bijman, it was her first goal of the season.
Both teams had chances the remainder of the way but neither team was able to score the game-winner. After two 10-minute overtime periods, the game advanced to penalty kicks.
Both keepers stopped the first penalty kicks. Maine keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe (Chambly, Quebec) made a save on Stony Brook's Stella Norman. SBU keeper Ashley Castanio then stopped Maine's Charlene Achille (Longueuil, Quebec). Maxie New scored on her kick to put Stony Brook ahead 1-0, but Maine's Noel Leon-Palmer (Ajax, Ontario) answered right back to tie the penalty kicks at 1-1.
Caitlin Pfeiffer gave Stony Brook a 2-1 lead, however, this time, Maine was not able to tie the score. Larissa Nysch followed with a goal for the Seawolves, giving them a 3-1 lead. Maine was needed to make its fourth attempt to keep the kicks going, but the shot by the Black Bears hit the post, giving Stony Brook the 3-1 edge and the victory.
Maine finished the game with a 25-22 edge in shots on goal. Maine also had an 8-4 edge in corner kicks.
Maine keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe made a career-high 11 saves in the game. She moves to 0-0-2 on the season. Ashley Castanio stopped 16 shots for the Seawolves and moves to 11-5-2.
Maine finishes the season with a mark of 9-5-5 overall.