MILTON, Mass. – Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) scored in the 87th minute to put the University of Southern Maine Huskies up 3-2 over the Curry College Colonels in a back-and-forth contest en route to its third consecutive win of the season.
Earning its third straight victory, Southern Maine is starting its season 3-0 for the first time since the 2003. Curry is now 1-1.
Outshooting Curry 18-14 for the game, Southern Maine found itself trailing the Colonels twice during the game. Curry struck first for a 1-0 margin on an unassisted goal from Maggie Wilson in the 16th minute. The Huskies' quickly pulled even, however, when junior Lauren Pelletier (Woolwich, Maine/Morse) converted an assist from classmate Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) in the 22nd minute.
The score remained unchanged until midway through the second half with Curry taking the lead again on another unassisted goal this time from Sarah Sterns in the 71st minute. The Huskies' deficit lasted just three minutes this time when Berthiaume knocked in her first goal of the season in the 73rd for a 2-2 tie.
Locked in a tie game and seemingly destined for overtime, Kalilwa ran onto a ball in the box and was able to beat one defender and the keeper to the right for the game-winner. The goal was Kalilwa's third of the season and second game-winner of 2018. The Huskies' junior now has four game-winning goals in her two seasons for USM.
USM senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) earned the win making a season-high seven saves, including a save late in the game to help preserve the win. Curry's Katelyn DeMaio made eight saves in the loss.
Southern Maine remains in non-conference action but returns home on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) against Becker College.