BIDDEFORD – It wasn’t a big game in the Commonwealth Coast standings but the University of New England men’s soccer team was playing for pride. Or protecting its own, at least.

A late goal in the first half lifted the Nor’easters to a 3-2 win over Eastern Nazarene on Tuesday, preventing the Crusaders from picking up their first win of the conference season in the regular season finale.

Kyle McGlone scored his third goal of the game to break a 2-2 tie with 1:50 left in the first half and the Nor’easters (4-10, 3-6) knocked off the Crusaders (3-15, 0-9).

Kiel Hiller added a pair of assists for the Nor’easters, who with the win clinched the eighth seed in the upcoming Commonwealth Coast tournament.

SALEM STATE 6, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Owen Quane finished with four assists to lead the Vikings (10-6) as they raced out to a 4-0 halftime lead and cruised to a nonconference win over the Huskies (3-14) at Salem, Mass.

Mazen Aljari scored the lone Southern Maine goal 2:16 into the second half to cut the deficit to 4-1.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 4, EASTERN NAZARENE 1: Katie Caron collected two goals and one assist to lead the Nor’easters (12-2-2, 8-0-1). UNE rallied from an early 1-0 deficit and scored three unanswered second half goals to pull away from the Crusaders (9-7-2, 3-5-1) in a Commonwealth Coast regular season finale at Biddeford.

Katy Marshall and Margaret Palmer added one goal apiece for the Nor’easters, who clinched the top seed in the upcoming Commonwealth Coast tournament with the win.

UNE will host eighth-seeded Western New England in the quarterfinals on Saturday at noon.

FIELD HOCKEY

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND 2, NICHOLS 1: Hayley LaPointe opened the scoring in the 12th minute and Michelle Oswald added the eventual game-winner on a breakaway 5:27 into the second half as the Nor’easters (16-1, 8-1) held on to edge the Bison (8-7, 4-4) in a Commonwealth Coast game at Dudley, Mass.

Kaitlyn Warren finished with five saves for the Nor’easters, allowing the lone Nichols goal with 6:29 left in regulation.

NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE 3, SOUTHERN MAINE 1: Emily Kuchta scored twice for the Pilgrims (10-8) as they scored a pair of unanswered goals to pull away from the Huskies (8-11) in a nonconference game at Henniker, N.H.

After falling behind 1-0, the Huskies rallied to tie the game when Rachel Trafton scored 17:33 into the first half on an assist from Bethany Bougie. The Pilgrims regained the lead for good just 4:02 later.
Southern Maine keeper Kayla Kennedy finished with 12 saves.