Oct. 19, 2011
Orono, Maine - With the regular season winding down, the Stony Brook women's soccer team heads to Maine on Thursday for a pivotal conference matchup against the Black Bears. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Scouting the Seawolves
The Seawolves (4-10-1, 2-3-1 AE) will be well-rested entering Thursday's fixture after having their bye week last weekend. Junior Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.) continues to pace the team in the attacking third with three goals and seven points. Sophomore Chelsea Morales (Temecula, Calif.) sports a 1.44 GAA to go along with 75 saves and two shutouts in net.
Black Bear Bits
Maine (4-8-1, 1-5-0 AE) has been a markedly better team at home this season than on the road. When playing in Orono, the Black Bears sport a 3-2-1 record, compared to a 1-6-0 mark away from home. Maine will also be chomping at the bit for a win as it currently sits in eighth place in the standings and needs to gain points to move into a playoff position. Carolyne Nellis is Maine's top scorer so far this season with four goals and eight points.
Thursday's matchup will be the first meeting between the teams since Maine knocked the Seawolves out of the America East playoffs last year. The No. 2 seed in last year's Semifinals, Stony Brook fell by a 3-1 score to the No. 6 Black Bears after defeating Maine only 10 days prior in the regular season.
In 16 all-time meetings, Stony Brook and Maine have each won eight times, meaning that Thursday's matchup will be the rubber-match of the series history.
The Seawolves currently occupy the fifth spot in the America East standings with two games remaining. The top two teams earn byes to the Semifinals, while the No. 3 and No. 4 teams host the No. 6 and No. 5 seeds in the Quarterfinals, respectively.
If the playoffs started today, the following matchups would be set:
No. 6 New Hampshire at No. 3 Albany
No. 5 Stony Brook at No. 4 Vermont
Stony Brook can still finish as high as third if it wins out and gets some help in the standings.