GORHAM, Maine – Junior Madyson Christian (Douglas, Mass./Blackstone Valley) scored in the 93rd minute with a rising far-post shot to lift the Rhode Island College Anchormen to a 2-1 overtime win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Rhode Island College improves to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine had its five-game win streak snapped and dips to 5-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference. The game was the Huskies' second consecutive overtime contest.
Southern Maine took an early 1-0 lead on junior Ciera Berthiaume's (Windham, Maine) team-leading sixth goal of the season. Berthiaume took a through ball in the middle of the field into the box from freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) in the eighth minute, and slotted it far post for the goal. Southern Maine's lead was short lived, however, as RIC bounced back to knot the score up at 1-1 in the 12th minute on a solo effort from sophomore Soleil Galagarza (Pawtucket, Rhode Island/La Salle Academy).
Despite a pair of goals scored within the first 15 minutes of the game, both teams were held scoreless through the rest of regulation sending the game to overtime. RIC nearly ended the game in the 90th minute, but Breanne Ford's strike ricocheted off of the cross bar forcing extra time.
In the overtime period, RIC recorded two shots, scoring on the second. Galagarza sent a ball to the left side of the box to a on-coming Christian for her third goal of the season and first game-winner.
Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made five saves in the loss. RIC sophomore Carissa Gaglione (West Warwick, R.I.) earned five saves to take the win.
Southern Maine originally schedule to play again on Sunday has had its in-state rivalry game with St. Joseph's College postponed. USM will host Thomas on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) under the lights for its next contest.