ORONO, Maine -- Eve L'Abbé (Laval, Quebec) and Maggie Malone (Halifax, Nova Scotia) tallied goals as the University of Maine women's soccer team downed Central Connecticut State University 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field in the home opener. The Black Bears improve to 3-0-0 on the season with the victory. It is the first time since 2004 that the Black Bears have started the season 3-0-0.
Maine took a 1-0 lead at 14:26 when Eve L'Abbé received the ball outside the box. She took a few strides and fired the ball into the net, just below the cross bar. For L'Abbé, it was her second goal of the season, as she netted the game-winning goal in overtime in the season opener against Holy Cross.
CCSU had a great chance when a shot by Jewel Robinson hit the cross bar and a Blue Devil hit the rebound just wide. The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead into intermission.
After back-and-forth action to start the second half, Maine extended its lead at 66:44. Malone received a pass in her offensive zone. She took a few strides looking to pass the ball, but had a wide-open lane to the goal. She fired a shot into the right corner of the net for her first goal of the season, giving the Black Bears a 2-0 lead.
CCSU broke Maine's shutout streak at 266:57 when Robinson passed to Kerriann Welch, who shot the ball into the lower corner of the goal, beating Maine keeper Lauren Swant (Oakville, Ontario) at 86:32. It was the first goal that Maine has allowed all season, as the Black Bears posted shutouts in their first two matches.
CCSU finished the game with a 15-9 edge in shots on goal. Swant was impressive in goal, making a career-high nine saves in the victory. She improves to 3-0-0 on the season. Nikola Deiter stopped four shots for the Blue Devils, who dropped their season-opener.
Maine has a week off before returning to action on Friday, Sept. 6 when they travel to UConn for a game against the Huskies. Kick off is scheduled for 5 PM.
Aaron began his career at WVII in March of 2008. He attended Old Town High School, where he graduated in 2004. From there he moved on to the New England School of Communications, majoring in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. Originally a sports radio major, Aaron co-hosted a weekly sports radio show on WHSN called This Week in Sports while also doing play by play and color commentary of Husson Eagle sporting events. He also spent a semester as the stations sports director. After his sophomore year he realized he had run out of radio classes to take, so he began taking TV courses while also working at Stephen King’s sports station WZON. Aaron graduated from NESCom in May of 2008 with a degree in communications, and was named the top broadcast journalist of his class. Since joining ABC-7 and Fox Bangor he has won multiple Maine Association of Broadcasting Awards.
In his free time Aaron likes, surprise, to watch sports and play sports. From mountain climbing to basketball, there are very few sports Aaron doesn’t enjoy. He also likes traveling when he gets the chance, and is happy he has been able to pursue his passion for sports while staying close to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @AaronRJackson, and you can catch him weeknights at 6, 10 and 11 on ABC-7 and Fox Bangor. He can also be reached via email at [email protected].