For the primary time at school historical past, the College of Maine’s ladies’s soccer staff will host an America East championship sport on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Junior striker Abby Kraemer, who was simply named the league’s Striker of the 12 months, scored her second purpose of the sport with simply 29 seconds remaining in regulation off a free kick to provide the Black Bears a 2-1 semifinal win over sixth seed Vermont at Mahaney Diamond on Thursday night time.
UMaine is now 10-1-6 and prolonged its house unbeaten streak to 18 video games (10-0-8).
UVM wound up 10-7-1.
Fourth seed UMass Lowell, 5-5-7, upset high seed Binghamton 2-1 in time beyond regulation so the River Hawks will journey to Orono for the championship sport.
UMass Lowell dealt UMaine its solely loss this season, 2-0, in Lowell.
Kraemer missed that sport after selecting up two yellow playing cards and a pink card within the earlier sport which resulted in a compulsory one-game suspension.
Kraemer, who had hit the put up seven minutes earlier, determined it when she curled a free kick over the Vermont wall and into the higher nook to the suitable of Vermont goalkeeper Erin Murphy for her thirteenth purpose of the season and sixth game-winner..
“That’s why she was the Striker of the 12 months,” stated UMaine head coach Scott Atherley. “Abby desires the ball in that scenario.”
Kraemer had opened the scoring within the first half off assists from Lara Kirkby and Kristina Kelly.
However Lauren DeGroot equalized early within the second half.
It was her fifth purpose of the season and three have come in opposition to UMaine as she scored each Catamount objectives in a 3-2 loss to UMaine throughout the common season.
UMaine goalie Kira Kutzinski and UVM’s Murphy every made 5 saves.
UMaine tried 14 pictures to UVM’s seven and had a 7-6 edge in pictures on purpose.
Atherley stated his staff managed play within the first half however Vermont stepped up its sport within the second half and its excessive press bothered his Black Bears.
“Each groups had a few possibilities within the second half,” stated Atherley who added that he’s glad his staff doesn’t must make the lengthy journey to Binghamton.
“‘It’s a bonus enjoying at house. They gave us our solely loss so we’re grateful we’ve a second likelihood at [UMass Lowell],” stated Atherley.
It was UMaine’s solely convention loss in two seasons.