ORONO — Genaya Loftis scored 7:50 into the game and Maine held on for a 1-0 win over Vermont in an America East women’s soccer opener Sunday.

Samantha Cobotic made 10 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears (5-3), who were outshot 19-12 by the Catamounts (5-4-1).

Loftis knocked in a loose ball after the Vermont keeper misplayed a shot by Vivien Beil.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Alison Lu and Kristi Kirshe each collected a goal and an assist to lead the Ephs (6-0-1, 4-0-1 NESCAC) – the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III – to a win over the Bobcats (2-5-1, 0-4-1) in Lewiston.

Williams took the lead on Lu’s goal in the 34th minute. Kirshe scored in the second half with just over 11 minutes remaining.

Sarah McCarthy finished with six saves for the Bobcats, who were outshot 17-7.


BOWDOIN 6, HUSSON 1: Moctar Niang scored twice during a six-goal first half for the Polar Bears (4-2-1) against the Eagles (2-4-2) in Brunswick.

Jai Kawale, Ethan Ellsworth, Jason Oliver and Ely Spencer added a goal apiece. Bowdoin outshot the Eagles 27-4.

Husson’s goal was scored by Jimmy Fitzpatrick 12 minutes into the second half.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 0: Malcolm Moutenot and Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored as the Ephs (6-1-1, 3-1 NESCAC) downed the Bobcats (3-3-2, 2-2) in Lewiston.

Robbie Montanaro made eight saves for the Bobcats.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 3, COLBY 1: Christian Murphy scored just 35 seconds into the game and Pat Devlin added a goal in each half to lead the Camels (5-2, 2-2 NESCAC) to a win over the Mules (2-4-1, 1-2-1) in New London, Connecticut.

Colby’s goal was scored by David Howarth on a penalty kick in the 78th minute.


HARVARD 3, MAINE 1: Marissa Balleza scored the eventual winning goal three minutes into the second half and also had an assist to lead the Crimson (4-4) past the 19th-ranked Black Bears (7-3) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Danielle Aviani scored for Maine off an assist from Sydney Veljacic with two minutes remaining.

Emma Cochran made five saves for the Black Bears.

WILLIAMS 2, BATES 1: Rachel Brissette tipped in a shot by Alex Bennett off a penalty corner six minutes into overtime as the Ephs (4-3, 2-2 NESCAC) edged the Bobcats (4-3, 2-3) in Lewiston.

After falling behind in the 11th minute, the Bobcats tied the game in the 53rd minute when Alexandra Leahy scored off an assist from Shelbie McCormack following a penalty corner.

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 2, COLBY 1: Jamie Navoni scored her second goal of the game with two minutes left in overtime to lift the Camels (1-5, 1-2 NESCAC) over the Mules (2-5, 1-4) in New London, Connecticut.

The game was scoreless until the 55th minute, when Navoni gave the Camels a 1-0 lead.

Colby tied the game when Kallie Hutchinson scored off an assist from McKayla Blanch with 10:32 left in regulation.

Emily Buckman finished with nine saves for the Mules, including three in overtime.


MAINE 2, RENSSELAER 0: Kara Washer and Tereza Vanisova scored as the Black Bears (1-1) earned a split of their season-opening series against the Engineers (1-1) in Orono.

Washer, a freshman from Ontario, opened the scoring with a power-play goal 22 seconds into the second period, assisted by Vanisova and Vendula Pribylova, both freshmen from the Czech Republic.

Pribylova also assisted on Vanisova’s goal 9:41 into the third period.

Mariah Fujimagari made 20 saves to record the shutout in her first start of the season for the Black Bears, who outshot the Engineers 31-20.