UMF and Castleton play to 1-1 tie

UMF and Castleton play to 1-1 tie

FARMINGTON, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington and Castleton State College entered Sunday's North Atlantic Conference women's soccer regular season finale tied for second in the conference with 7-1-0 records.

At stake was the number two seed for next week's NAC Tournament.

After 110 minutes, nothing was decided on the field - at least on Sunday.

The Beavers and the Spartans played to a 1-1 double overtime tie at Prescott Field, leaving the seeding between the two squads to the fifth tiebreaker criterion: overall winning percentage. Castleton got the nod by virtue of its .605 winning percentage this season (11-7-1), while UMaine-Farmington (8-6-3, .559 winning pct.) was assigned to the number three seed.

UMaine-Farmington will host sixth-seeded Johnson State College in a NAC Tournament Quarterfinal on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Prescott Field. Game time has not yet been determined.

No. 2 seed Castleton will host no. 7 Maine Maritime in next Saturday's quarterfinal round.

The Beavers took an early lead in Sunday's clash with the Spartans, and looked like they might post the win over Castleton.

Senior Renee Dupre got Farmington on the board in the 22nd minute, scoring from about 10 yards out off a bobbled rebound by Castleton keeper Jessica Binkowski. Senior Kayla Tuttle, who lofted a free kick in at Binkowski, was credited with the assist.

UMaine-Farmington's 1-0 advantage held into the intermission, and continued until the 54th minute when Castleton's Mallory Costello knotted the game at 1-1.  Costello buried a shot at the back of the goal from inside the six-yard box, after the ball was knocked loose from Farmington keeper Amy Jones. Allison Vachon, who flipped the ball over to Costello inside the 18, was credited with an assist.

Neither team was able to find the back of the net over the remainder of regulation play. The scoring opportunities were equally sparse in the overtime periods, with the two teams combining for four shots on goal over 20 minutes of extra soccer.

Binkowski finished with seven saves over 110 minutes in the Castleton goal. UMaine-Farmington starter Beth Lebel charted two saves in the opening half of play; Jones came on at halftime and finished with five saves over 65 minutes in goal.

Each team finished with 14 total shots and eight shots on goal, but Castleton held a commanding 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.