BOSTON – Junior Jess Poratti (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) and sophomore Abigail Meyers (Leicester, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist to pace the Wentworth Institute of Technology Leopards to a 3-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday night at Sweeney Field.
With the win, Wentworth improves to 5-3-2 overall. The Leopards are unbeaten in their last three games (2-1-0). Southern Maine falls to 7-2 overall, snapping a two-game win streak.
Poratti gave Wentworth a 1-0 lead converting an assist from Meyers in the 27th minute, which WIT took into the half. Meyers doubled her team's advantage, this time on the receiving end of an assist from Poratti in the 63rd. Less than a minute later, sophomore Molly Donahue (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) gave the Leopards a three-goal advantage in the 64th. The Huskies snagged back a goal in the 78th minute when senior Ally Little (Stoneham, Mass.) claimed her first goal of the season cleaning up a loose ball in the box to break up the shut out bid from Wentworth for the 3-1 final.
Wentworth starting goalkeeper Christie Fleming made one save in 76:16 of action. Allison Haynes played the final 13:44 allowing one goal. USM senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) absorbed the loss making three saves and allowing three goals in 79:19. Junior Taylor Esty (Lewiston, Maine/Rangeley Lakes) made her first appearance of the season playing the last 10:41. Esty did not record a save. Both teams were even statistically with each taking 13 shots; however, Wentworth had six shots on frame to Southern Maine's two. Wentworth also had a 3-0 lead in corner kicks for the contest.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (12:00 p.m.), hosting Little East Conference leader Western Connecticut.