Women's soccer rolls to semifinals

FARMINGTON -- The University of Maine at Farmington women's soccer team opened the North Atlantic Conference tournament with a 6-1 win over Johnson State at Prescott Field on Saturday.

The No. 1 Beavers improved to 14-4-1 overall and 10-0-1 in the NAC, while the Badgers closed out their season at 8-8 (4-7). Farmington is scheduled to host No. 5 Elms (a 2-0 winner over No. 4 Lesley) in semifinal action on Tuesday. The game is tabbed for a 2 p.m. start.

The top-seeded Beavers were led by Chelsea Norton (Westbrook, ME) with two goals and an assist. Julie Walters (Wells, ME), Melissa St. Amand (Windsor, ME), Jackie Mrazik (Mount Vernon, ME) and Ashley Tetreault (Spencer, MA) each tallied a goal in the victory with Liv Irons (York, ME) and Amanda Byrne (Winslow, ME).

An unassisted tally by Norton and a Walters putback of a Irons bid gave Farmington a 2-0 edge at intermission, but the hosts used a four-goal explosion in the second half to put the contest away as the Beavers held a 28-1 command in shots and took nine corner kicks to zero for the Badgers.

Staci Cutting (Rochester, VT) scored for Johnson State at 81:25 to quash the shutout.

Kerry Kowalczyk (Topsham, ME) and Melissa Demerchant (Presque Isle, ME) split time in goal for the Beavers with neither making a save.

Jenna Wulfson (Shelburne, VT) worked the first 68:03 in goal for Johnson State with seven saves. Emma Porrett (Glenview, IL) made two saves to close out the contest.