Playoff race heats up as women's soccer hosts Maine

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Oct. 10, 2012

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team will look for its second conference win of the season on Thursday when it welcomes Maine to LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m. The Girls Soccer Clinic preceding the game has been postponed.

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After consecutive conference losses to Vermont and Boston University, the Seawolves (7-5-2, 1-3-0 America East) will be hungry for three points in the America East standings. Both defeats last week came by one-goal margins, including a narrow 3-2 decision against the Terriers in Boston on Sunday.

Senior Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.) scored her first goal of the season on Sunday, converting a feed from junior Queli Ornelas (Palm Harbor, Fla.), who notched her first collegiate point. Freshman Stella Norman (Castle Rock, Colo.) also chipped in a goal, her second of the 2012 campaign.

Playoff Push

At the midway point in conference play, the Seawolves are right in the thick of the playoff race. Stony Brook currently sits in sixth place, however, only four points separate second place and the sixth spot in the standings.

Boston University, tied for first at the moment, is not eligible to compete in postseason play due to its impending move to the Patriot League. Hartford has already clinched a postseason spot with five wins in five games thus far, while Maine and New Hampshire are tied for second with seven points apiece. Albany currently sits fourth with six points, while Stony Brook and Vermont are level on three points in fifth. The Catamounts, however, own the tiebreaker with SBU due to their head-to-head victory. The top six teams in the standings advance to postseason play.

Maine

The Black Bears (6-5-2, 2-1-1 America East) are coming off a 3-1 win over Binghamton on Sunday. Maine conceded the game's first goal just 1:20 into the match, but roared back with an equalizer in the first half from Nikki Misener and two second half strikes by Camille Varin-Tremblay and a second by Misener.

Misener leads the team with four goals and nine points through 13 games. In goal, Lauren Swant has started 11 games and has accounted for all six wins, while posting a 1.36 GAA and a .761 save percentage.

In terms of America East statistics, Maine ranks in the middle of the pack (fifth) in both offense (1.38 goals/game) and defense (1.46 against). Swant's 54 saves rank fourth in the conference, while her three shutouts rank third, tied with Stony Brook's Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.).