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Bubier Powers Southern Maine Past Salem State 2-0

Bubier Powers Southern Maine Past Salem State 2-0
GORHAM, Maine – Junior forward Kailey Bubier (Auburn, Maine/Hebron Academy) scored a goal in each half to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-0 win over the Salem State University Vikings in a Little East Conference field hockey game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field in Gorham, Maine.

         With the win, Southern Maine improves its overall record to 6-5 and its conference record to 3-1.  Suffering their second straight conference set back, the Vikings dip to 3-4 and 0-4 in the Little East.

         With the Huskies consistently pressuring the Salem State defense from the opening whistle, Bubier quickly put her team up 1-0, scoring her first goal of the game – an unassisted strike – just 4:45 into the match.  

         Despite holding a massive 11-0 advantage in shots, the Huskies were unable to increase their goal tally in the first half and headed into the break with a 1-0. 

         In the second half, Bubier was able to break through the outstanding goalkeeping of Vikings' sophomore Michaela Boyer (South Hadley, Mass.) for her second goal of the game and third goal of the season in the 46th minute.  Bubier tallied the unassisted goal with some solid stick work in the circle to free herself for the shot.

         Boyer, who had a busy day in goal facing 23 shots from the Huskies, played well in the loss making 15 saves, including 10 in the second half.  Boyer was aided by a set of defensive saves, including two from junior back Megan Savage (Melrose, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) and one from junior midfielder Courtney Lynch (North Andover, Mass.). 

         USM sophomore goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) earned her fifth shutout of the season making one save. 

         Southern Maine travels to Westfield State on Saturday (3:30 p.m.)  Salem State travels to UMass Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.).  Both games are Little East Conference match ups.