BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts at Boston scored just 26 seconds into the match and held off the University of Southern Maine for a 1-0 victory Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Little East Conference women’s soccer tournament.

The fifth-seeded Huskies (5-15) nearly tied the game against the fourth-seeded Beacons (13-4-3) with 2:50 left when Heidi DeHaan’s shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

Kat Rothe made six saves for USM.

 

ROGER WILLIAMS 2, UNE 1: Noelle Marston scored 2:36 into overtime to give top-seeded Roger Williams (16-4) a semifinal victory over the fourth-seeded Nor’easters (12-7) in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament at Bristol, R.I.

Morgan Jensen scored the tying goal for UNE in the 60th minute, and Jess Woodworth had 10 saves.

FIELD HOCKEY

PLYMOUTH STATE 2, USM 1: Kristina Conroy scored the winning goal and had an assist to lead the third-seeded Panthers (12-6) to a quarterfinal win over the sixth-seeded Huskies (8-13) in the Little East Conference playoffs in Plymouth, N.H.

Amy Richardson converted Bethany Bougie’s penalty corner for USM’s goal.

NOTES

Mississippi State officials said Nick Bells, a defensive end on the football team, died at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital after battling cancer since late September. Penn State dismissed Clint Gyory, who serves as team mascot, because he broke a team rule, assistant AD Jeff Nelson said. Gyory did not return a call seeking comment. Officials earlier said police had issued underage drinking, public drunkenness and criminal mischief citations to Gyory on Aug. 1.