Dennison Nails Game Winner in 2-1 OT Win Over Thomas

Emma Dennison hit from distance to deliver USM to a 2-1 overtime win against Thomas.
Emma Dennison hit from distance to deliver USM to a 2-1 overtime win against Thomas.


GORHAM, Maine  – Senior Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine) buried the game-winning goal just under the cross bard in the 105th to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 overtime win over the Thomas College Terries in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday night at Hannaford Field. 

With the win, Southern Maine improves its record to 6-1-0.  The game is the second consecutive overtime contest and third overall for the Huskies.  USM is 2-1 in games played in overtime this season.  Thomas College drops to 3-4 with the loss.  

Despite outshooting the Terriers 24-9 in the contest, Southern Maine found itself trailing Thomas 1-0 at the half.  Terrier freshman Katherine Hoving (Bristol, Maine) gave her team the lead with less than a minute to play in the first half on a spectacular individual effort carrying the ball through the Huskies' defense and sliding a shot to the far post past Southern Maine goalkeeper senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.). 

Down a goal, Southern Maine freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) broke through for the equalizer in the 67th minute.  Receiving a forward ball from junior Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic), Allain took a touch and then hit a low driven ball to the far post.  The goal was the rookie midfielder's fifth of the season.  The Huskies attempted five more shots in the final minutes of regulation, with three on frame, but TC senior goalkeeper Kayla Gordon (Wiscasset, Maine) was up to the task and the game headed for extras. 

In the first overtime, USM recorded three shots, including a near-miss upper ninety effort from junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine), but the score remained locked at 1-1 after 110 minutes played.  Berthiaume sent two more shots just high of the mark in the second overtime, before Dennison's game-winner sealed the win.  Winning the ball in the midfield, Allain sent a pass to Dennison on the left side.  Taking one touch forward, Dennison struck from 35-yards out, tucking the ball under the cross bar for her  fourth goal of the season, and the first game-winning goal of her career. 

Thomas' Gordon finished the game making seven saves in the loss. Canastra made five saves in the win for Southern Maine, and made several key plays off her line to cut down Terrier threats.  

Southern Maine returns to conference action and will hit the road against Plymouth State on Saturday (1:00 p.m.)