GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) kicked off her intercollegiate career impressively notching a hat trick scoring three of the University of Southern Maine Huskies' 10 goals in a lopsided 10-0 season-opening win over the Mitchell College Mariners in the first game of the 2018 USM Women's Soccer Invitational Friday morning at Hannaford Field.
With both teams playing in their respective season-openers, Southern Maine is 1-0 to start the 2018 season, while the Mariners are 0-1. The win marked the first win for first-year head coach Seth Benjamin '00.
Seven different players scored for the Huskies, which opened up a 6-0 lead before the second half. Senior Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) scored the first goal of the game putting the Huskies up 1-0 early on an unassisted strike from deep. Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) made it 2-0 in the 10th minute and Allain added a third goal in short order as USM led 3-0 in the 12th minutes.
The score remained unchanged until the 24th minute. Junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) scored her first goal as a Husky, and senior Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine) and junior Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic) made it 6-0 to close out the half in the 34th and 37th minute.
Continuing to apply pressure, Allain scored USM's first two goals of the second half collecting a rebound in the 49th minutes, and then earning the milestone goal in the 52nd for an inflated 8-0 lead. Senior Ally Little (Stoneham, Mass.) came off the bench for the Huskies scoring the final two goals of the game for the 10-0 final.
USM senior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) was untested in the win earning a clean sheet. Mitchell senior Drew Johndrow (Killingly, Conn.) made 17 saves while facing 27 shots on goal. The Mariners' defense cleared two balls off the line for a pair of team saves.
USM dominated the statistics outshooting Mitchell 39-0 in the game. However, the Huskies had just a pair of corner kicks in the game to Mitchell's zero.
Southern Maine will face Morrisville on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) in the third game of the USM Women's Soccer Invitational at Hannaford Field. Mitchell will take on Thomas College at 1:30 p.m. Morrisville defeated Thomas 2-1 in overtime in the second women's game of the day.