GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Alexandra DeLuca (Bethel, Conn.) hit a one-timer to the near post off of a cross from senior Lucy Daniels (Bethel, Conn.) in the 107th minute to lift the Western Connecticut State University Colonials to a 2-1 double 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, Western Connecticut moves to 3-1 in the Little East and 4-6 overall. Southern Maine, suffering its second consecutive loss, is 7-3 overall and 1-2 in the LEC. The Huskies are 2-2 in their four overtime games this season.
Thanks in part to a fantastic effort in net by Southern Maine senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.), Southern Maine and Western Connecticut were locked in a scoreless draw deep into the second half. Colonial senior Allison Oakley (Beekman, N.Y./Arlington) broke open the scoring the 71st minute redirecting a pass from junior Bailey McCollum (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldone). Western's lead was short-lived however as Southern Maine junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) launched a ball on frame from 30-yards out off of an assist from sophomore Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine) netting the equalizer in the 74th minute. Berthiaume's goal was her team-leading seventh of the season.
With the score knotted up at one, Western pressed for a go-ahead goal but Canastra was able to turn back four shots on goal in the final five minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime. Neither team had a strong scoring chance in the first overtime, with Canastra recording the lone save of the extra frame, before DeLuca tallied the game winner. DeLuca's goal was the second of her season and the first game-winner.
Canastra finished the game making a career-high 17 saves in an outstanding effort in the loss. Western sophomore Alexis Lainchbury (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) made four saves in the win.
Southern Maine travels to UMaine Farmington on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.) in a non-conference tilt.