GORHAM, Maine – Five different players scored a goal, highlighted by a pair of goals from senior Kaylie Andrews (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy), and junior Brooke Dugan (Thomaston, Maine/Oceanside passed off three assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies shut out the Salem State University Vikings 6-0 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the second straight and the third in the last four games for the Huskies who improve to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the Little East Conference. Salem State remains winless in conference action at 0-3, and is 1-6 overall.
Earning its second consecutive win by shut out, Southern Maine raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first half taking control of the game early. Senior Lindsay Jackson (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) spotted the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on the first of three Dugan assists.
Freshman Olivia Brown (Palmyra, Maine/Nokomis) doubled USM's lead in the 27th minute with a tremendous display of ball control, receiving a long pass from Jackson and then making a quick one-on-one move to score her second goal of the season. Junior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine) made it 3-0 just before the half in the 34th minute, taking a centering pass from Dugan before sending a blistering shot to the far post.
Up 3-0, USM wasted little time in the second half increasing its advantage as senior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) pounced on a loose ball in the circle, creating space for a shot and a goal in the 40th minute. Andrews score the final two goals of the game in the 63rd and 66th minute. Andrews first shot came off a penalty corner and a pass from Dugan at the top of the circle, while her second goal of the game was a strong individual effort and long range shot through traffic.
Southern Maine outshot Salem State by a commanding 27-1 margin and held a 14-2 lead in penalty corners. Freshmen McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) and Anna Huff (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) split time in net, with Huff recording the lone save in the second half. Sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) turned in a strong performance for the Vikings making 14 saves in 59:27 of action. Sophomore Victoria Kako (Salem, Mass.) played the final 10:33 making a pair of saves. Senior Julia Klien (Liverpool, N.Y.) made a defensive save for SSU.
Southern Maine travels to Westfield State on Friday (7:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game. Salem State hosts Worcester State on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in an LEC contest.