GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 10 saves and came up decisive save in penalty strokes to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 1-0 win over the St. Joseph's College Monks Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine. With the score at a 0-0 draw at the conclusion of two overtime periods, the Huskies were able to defeat the Monks 2-1 on penalty strokes.
Southern Maine has won five out of its last six games and improves to 5-4 overall. The Monks fall to 3-2 on the season.
The Huskies out shot the Monks 23-16 but were unable to get the ball past St. Joseph's College senior goalkeeper Meaghan Johnson (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) as both teams had spectacular goalkeeping throughout the game. Johnson made 16 saves in the loss, including eight in the two overtime periods.
In penalty strokes, both team had made their second attempts and stood at 1-1 through three strokes each. The Monks' fourth shot went wide of the cage and Southern Maine senior forward Whitney McDaniel (Livermore, Maine/Livermore Falls) converted her attempt for a 2-1 lead in strokes. With the game on the line, Kennedy was able to turn away the Monks' fifth shot for the win.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when it hosts Keene State College in a Little East Conference game. St. Joseph's College hosts New England College in a North Atlantic Conference game.