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Harkins Propels Southern Maine Past UMaine Farmington 1-0

Harkins second goal of the season sealed Southern Maine's win over UMF
Harkins second goal of the season sealed Southern Maine's win over UMF
GORHAM, Maine  – Sophomore midfielder Natalie Harkins (Windham, Maine) rocketed in a breakaway goal in the 29th minute to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 1-0 win over the University of Maine Farmington Beavers in a non-conference field hockey game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine.

            Playing on their newly opened turf field for the first time, the Huskies earned their third straight win to improve to 3-3 overall. The Beavers fall to 1-1 with the loss.

            With the game locked in a scoreless draw, Harkins corralled a forward played ball and used her speed burst through the Beavers' defense line.  Making a touch on the ball to the inside of the circle, after beating her defenders, Harkins unleashed a powerful shot on goal to beat Beaver freshman keeper Curran Brierley (East Hampton, N.Y.) for her second goal of the season.

            Both teams played a fairly even game with the Huskies holding a slight 10-9 edge on shots.  However, the Beavers had the advantage in penalty corners 10-6.  Southern Maine sophomore keeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made six saves to earn her third straight shutout victory.  Brierley made six saves.

            Southern Maine travels to Bridgewater State on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference game.  UMaine Farmington is at Rivier on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)