Cats push past Maine

JASON BUSHEY Cynic CorrespondentSeniors Callie Ewald and Eileen Cirilli of the women’s soccer team played the final home game of their careers, recording a 1-0 victory at the 82-minute mark over the Maine Black Bears. Thursday’s victory over Maine (3-3-1 America East, 5-7-3 overall) gave UVM (2-5 America East, 3-13-1 overall) kept the hope of an America East playoff bid alive.The lone goal of the game came with just under nine minutes left of play off the foot of sophomore Carson Laderoute, who caught a high breakaway pass from freshman forward Jessica Becker.”[Becker] chipped it over the defense, and I was just able to chip it over the goalie’s head in to the net,” Laderoute said. The tally improved Laderoute to 12 points in seven games, tying Becker for the team lead.Maine’s best chance of the game came at the 85-minute mark when senior Laura Harper ripped a shot from the middle of the field, 20 yards out. UVM’s sophomore goalie Eliza Bradley made a diving save to her right, spoiling Maine’s ideal chance for good.The team’s two seniors, Ewald and Cirilli, were honored in their final homestand and were thrilled about their team’s effort.”This was awesome,” Ewald said. “It’s a great senior day present,” Cirilli added. “It’s surreal.”Head coach Kerry Dziczaniek talked highly of the two seniors after their final game at Centennial Field. “[Ewald] has a lot of passion for the game and [Cirilli] takes so much pride in the game. We really rallied around our two seniors today.”Though each shared possession of the ball near the opposing net, Maine gained an early offensive advantage.Aggressive play from junior Lexie Kaknes, combined with a great all-around defensive effort by the Catamounts, disrupted Maine’s offensive attack preventing several Black Bear opportunities.”Our defense was outstanding,” Dziczkaniec said. “It’s great to have a shutout. It really was a total team effort.”