BANGOR, Maine –Shutting down #5 SUNY Canton (4-12-1, 2-4-1 NAC) for the second time this season, the #4 Husson University Eagles (6-9-1, 4-2-1 NAC) captured a North Atlantic Conference Quarterfinal victory, 3-0, at Boucher Field on a drizzly Saturday afternoon.
The first half began with the teams battling back and forth. The Eagles struck first with a goal by Mackenzie St. Pierre off a direct free kick exactly five minutes into the match to give an early 1-0 lead. By the end of the first 45 minutes, Husson was outshooting the Kangaroos eight to one. Sami Ireland picked up a single save in the first half as Husson's defense protected her in net, pushing the ball up the field away from their defensive end.
Midway through the second half, Husson looked to add another point to the scoreboard after St. Pierre rocked a deep shot off the crossbar. Teammate Alli Carey was in the perfect spot to bury the rebound, but the Kangaroos' goalie Allison Wakefield was too quick for Carey, leaping in front of the shot making an incredible save to keep the ball out of the net.
Just seconds later, the Eagles continued their momentum preventing the Roos from fully clearing the ball out of dangerous territory as Bri Saulter fired a shot off the far post hitting at just the right angle to bounce home bringing the score to 2-0.
Husson maintained pressure on the attack, as a long ball by St. Pierre found Joan Overman racing past the defense. Overman rifled a volley directly into the back of the net to extend the Eagles' lead to 3-0 with less than six minutes remaining helping Husson capture the victory.
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Eagles' goalkeeper Ireland stopped two shots for the win, while Wakefield stepped in front of seven shots to protect the Roos' net.
Husson held the advantage on the attack, outshooting SUNY Canton, 11-2, on frame.
With the win, Husson advances to the NAC Semifinal round to take on Thomas College on the Terriers' home turf with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd, giving the Eagles a week to prepare.