PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer Set for Next Chapter of Border Battle with UNH

PREVIEW: Women’s Soccer Set for Next Chapter of Border Battle with UNH

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine women’s soccer team will take on the University of New Hampshire in a Border Battle at home on Thursday at 7 p.m.. 
Game Information 
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2021 
TIME: 7:00 p.m. 
SITE: 2021 RECORDS: Maine 3-5-2,  UNH  4-6-2
TWITTER: @MaineWSoccer 
The Series 
The Black Bears are 5-8-2 all-time against the Wildcats. UNH defeated Maine 1-0 in Durham, NH during conference play in the 2020-21 season. 
The Black Bears have lost their last two matches against the Wildcats. Maine’s last victory came in 2018, winning 1-0 at home in Orono. 
Maine is 3-1-2 at home against Stony Brook. 
Black Bear Notes and Notables 

  • The Black and Blue are looking to get back into the playoffs for the 14th time in the last 19 seasons. Maine is led by 10 seniors and one graduate student.
  • Five freshmen and one transfer junior joined the Black Bears this fall – Abby KraemerOlivia BammelElle VermilyaMelina Peloteau, and Myla SchneiderHalle Rogers rounds off the newcomers as a transfer from Xavier.
  • The Black Bears are coming off of a 4-1 victory over Stony Brook last Sunday. Abby Kraemer led the way with two goals and an assist. Emma Donovan and Tegan Morrison each tallied goals as well. 
  • Maine lost four conference matchups, falling to UAlbany 1-0 , Vermont 2-0 at home and NJIT on the road 1-0. Maine lost 1-0 to UMBC in their conference opener. 
  • Delaney Labonte scored her second goal of the season in Maine’s 1-1 tie against Marist.
  • Emma Donovan scored her first goal of the season in Maine’s 4-1 loss against Quinnipiac. 
  • Abby Kraemer and Kayla Kraemer both scored their first career goals in Maine’s season opening 2-0 victory over Sacred Heart. 
  • Tiana Bucknor scored her first career goal in the Black Bears’ 1-1 tie at Merrimack College. 
  • Senior Julia Mahoney (Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Québec) comes into the season with 14 career points. Seniors Emma Donovan (Québec City, Québec) and Hannah Bamford (Rochester, New Hampshire) both enter the 2021 campaign with six career points.
  • Kutziniski (Bünde, Germany), started six games last season, brings her 1.54 GAA from last season back to the pitch in Orono.

A Bit About the Wildcats 
·      UNH went 5-2 in the 2020-2021 season. They qualified for the America East Tournament, but had to withdraw due to COVID-19 concerns.  
·      The Seawolves return Graduate Student Fracesca Picicci, who earned second team All-Conference and America East All-Academic accolades. They also return Sophomore Alivia Kelly, who was selected to the America East Second Team All-Conference List and the All-Rookie team in the 2020-21 season. They are led by one graduate student and six seniors. 
About Head Coach Scott Atherley 
Now in his 29th season as a head coach in the NCAA, Scott Atherley is entering his 23rd season as the Maine women’s soccer program’s head coach.
Atherley has led the Black Bears 13 of the last 18 America East postseason tournaments.
In 1993, Atherley became head coach of the UMaine men’s team and took on head coaching duties of the women’s team in 1999, coaching both squads that year.
Atherley was a four-year letter-winner at UMaine between 1984 and 1987, serving as captain during his final season.


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