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.


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.


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.