Castanio leads #Seawolves past Maine, into America East Final
Nov. 3, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Redshirt junior keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) made 16 saves and blocked two shootout attempts to help the Stony Brook women's soccer team knock off No. 3 Maine in the America East Semifinals on Sunday at LaValle Stadium. After a 1-1 draw, the Seawolves prevailed in the penalty shootout, 3-1, to advance to their second consecutive America East championship game.
Coach Sue Ryan's Reaction
"First of all, I can't say enough how much respect I have for Maine. They have great coaching, great team organization, and they were a wonderful, competitive opponent for us. There's a saying in soccer that if the other team can't score, you can't lose, so having Ashley Castanio in net for us was really the difference. She's a big-time player and she made some big-time plays in some big-time moments. We're excited to face UMBC in the final and I expect it to be a very competitive game."
• Stony Brook (11-5-2) opened the scoring in the 30th minute when freshman Leah Yurko (Cumberland, Md.) pounced on a rebound in the box and stuffed it into the open cage to give the Seawolves the lead.
Penalty Shootout Summary
• After two scoreless overtime periods, the game proceeded to the penalty shootout. Sophomore Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) shot first, but her attempt was stopped by Maine keeper Claudia Dube-Trempe.
The Numbers Game
• The America East Goalkeeper of the Year, Castanio made a career-high 16 saves, including several highlight-reel stops, to backstop Stony Brook to victory.
News & Notes
• Stony Brook will be making its second consecutive trip in the America East Final. Last year the Seawolves beat No. 1 Hartford; this year they will look to knock off another No. 1 in UMBC.
The 2012 America East champions will look to defend their title on Saturday, Nov. 9 against No. 1 UMBC. The championship game is set for 7 p.m.