GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) and junior Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central) each scored first half goals to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-0 win over the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 4-11 overall and 1-5 in the Little East Conference. UMass Dartmouth drops its fifth straight game to stand at 4-13-1 and 2-4 in the Little East. Southern Maine has outscored its opponents 5-1 over its last two games.
Despite being outshot 20-8 in the game, Southern Maine made the most of its opportunities, and relied on an outstanding effort from junior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) to pick up its first conference victory of the season.
Cost put the Huskies up 1-0 late in the first half. Cost ran onto a well-played through ball from junior forward Ally Little (Stoneham, Mass.) and slotted the ball to the far post for her second goal of the season, and her first game-winning goal of her career. Michaud gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead just before the end of the half with a beautiful far post strike for her second goal of the season. Michaud's goal came after the Huskies were awarded a corner kick. Freshman Elise Porter (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) played the ball short to Michaud up the line, and Michaud teed off sending the ball into the upper 90 of the far right corner in the 44th minute.
Up 2-0 in the second half, USM faced increased pressure from the Corsairs. With a pair of shots ringing the crossbars, the Huskies' Canastra came up big making three of her eight saves in the contest to preserve the shutout, and played solid defensively coming off of her line to win several dangerous through balls.
Canastra earned her second shutout win of the season and fourth of her career making eight saves. Senior goalkeeper Madison Boucher (Southampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) made a pair of saves for UMD in the loss.
Southern Maine hosts Pine Manor College on Tuesday (3:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game. UMass Dartmouth travels to Worcester State on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game.