GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Katie Beaudoin (Coventry, R.I.) recorded a hat trick in the first half to lead the University of New England Nor'easters to a 4-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, UNE erases a two-game losing skid to improve to 6-7-1. Southern Maine takes its ninth straight loss to drop to 2-10 on the season.
Beaudoin got the Nor'easters on the board early scoring in the sixth minute. Beaudoin ran onto a through ball from sophomore Caroline Wilson (Tiverton, R.I.), and slotted the ball to the far post for a 1-0 UNE lead. Beaudoin doubled the UNE advantage in the 33rd minute, breaking through the Husky defense for another far post goal on a feed from freshman Vanessa Hodge (Sanford, Maine). Beaudoin then scored her team-leading 11th goal of the season in the 41st minute to make it 3-0 before the half.
With a solid lead in hand, UNE went up 4-0 late in the second half when freshman Kat Buscemi (Jefferson, Md./Brunswick) knocked in a rebounded shot and save from classmate Julia Bousquet (Derry N.H./Pinkerton Academy).
Southern Maine broke up the shutout one minute later when freshman Elise Porter (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) hit a low, driven shot to the far post on a through ball from sophomore Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus).
USM junior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) played strong in net for the Huskies making 14 saves as UNE held a distinct 25-8 advantage in shots. UNE freshman Jenna Pannone (Prospect,Conn./Woodland Regional) made four saves to earn the win, playing the first 73:57 of the game. Pannone was replaced by junior Molly Early (Newport,N.H./Stevens). Early did not make a save, allowing the Huskies' goal, in the final 16:03 of the game.
Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (1:30 p.m.) and will travel to Plymouth State. UNE travels to Salve Regina on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).