Women's Soccer Advances to AE Semifinals
A pair of Hawks newcomers scored their first goals of 2013 on Thursday (Oct. 31), lifting the University of Hartford women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over the Vermont Catamounts in the America East Championship quarterfinals at Al-Marzook Field.
With the victory, Hartford advances to play the top-seeded UMBC Retrievers in the semifinal round on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. in Baltimore. Links to live stats and live video of Sunday's game will be available at HartfordHawks.com.
Freshman defender Caitlin Smallfield scored the equalizing goal in the 37th minute of Thursday's quarterfinal match against Vermont, her first as a Hawk. Junior transfer Stephanie Santos picked up her second and third points of the night, after assisting Smallfield, with her first goal of the season in the 59th minute. Santos's game-winning tally came by way of a free kick that she arched just over the outstretched arms of Vermont keeper Morgan Nichols and just under the crossbar.
The Hawks are making their fourth straight appearance in the America East Championship tournament, fresh off last season’s appearance in the title game against Stony Brook.
Hartford finished the 2013 regular season fourth in the America East.
The winners of the semifinal matches will play for the 2013 America East title on either Nov. 9 or 10 at the home field of the highest remaining seed. The winner of the title game will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
Hartford will be looking for its first America East title and trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006, when the Hawks defeated the Maine Black Bears for the league title.