2018 LEC Coach of the Year: Seth Benjamin '00

Huskies Rally for 5-4 2OT Win at UMaine Farmington

Sophomore Abigail Mazza had two goals for Southern Maine, including the game-winner in the Huskies' fifth overtime game of the season.
Sophomore Abigail Mazza had two goals for Southern Maine, including the game-winner in the Huskies' fifth overtime game of the season.

 

FARMINGTON, Maine – Sophomore Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) scored her second goal of the game slotting in the game-winning goal in the 109th minute to propel the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-4 double overtime win over the UMaine Farmington Beavers in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at a rainy Leib Field. 

Playing in its fifth overtime contest in 11 games in 2018, Southern Maine improves to 8-3 with the win. The Huskies are 3-2 in overtime contests overall, and 3-1 in games that play to double-overtime.  The Huskies' eight wins are the most since the 2004 season when USM posted a record of 8-8-4 under former head coach Steve Quinones.  UMF drops its second consecutive contest to stand at 1-9 on the season. 

With both teams battling tough playing conditions due to the weather, Southern Maine found itself trailing UMF 3-2 at the end of the first half of action.  The Beavers scored early as McKenna Brodeur tallied the first of her three goals in the game in the 11th minute.  Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and Mazza answered back for the Huskies with goals in the 15th and 23rd minutes respectively for a 2-1 Huskies' advantage. Senior Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central) was credited with the assist on Kalilwa's goal, while junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) found Mazza for the second. 

UMF answered right back however scoring a pair of unanswered goals in the 25th and 30th minute to take a one-goal advantage headed into the break.  Haley Fletcher converted an assist from Brodeur for the equalizer, while Brodeur struck for her second goal and the 3-2 UMF lead. 

In the second half, USM scored a pair of goals taking a 4-3 lead.  Kalilwa scored her second of the contest in the 49th minute, while Berthiaume struck for her team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 51st. The Huskies' lead was short-lived however as Brodeur completed the hat trick in the 57th to knot the score up at 4-4 with just over 30 minutes left in regulation.  Despite the ample time for either team to score a go-head goal in regulation, both teams were unable to put one in the back of the net despite combining for eight goals in the first 60 minutes, forcing the game into overtime. 

USM outshot the Beavers 4-1 in the opening overtime period. Mazza nearly scored the game-winner in the final second of the first overtime frame, but her shot was cleared off the line by UMF's Heather Kinee with two seconds on the clock. In the second overtime, each team registered a shot. With time nearly winding down in the second frame, freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) collected a ball in the midfield and lofted a ball into the box into the path of Mazza. Mazza took a touch and a hit to the far post to end the game. It was the first game-winning goal of Mazza's career. 

Junior Taylor Esty (Lewiston, Maine/Rangeley Lakes) earned her first win in goal for Southern Maine playing the entire 108:40 and making seven saves.  UMF goalkeepers Callie Hammer and Mikayla Cameron split time in net for the Beavers. Cameron played the first 45, making three saves and allowing a pair of goals.  Hammer faced 14 shots on goal in the final 63:40, making 11 saves to take the loss.  

Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston on Saturday (2:00 p.m.) in Little East Conference action.  

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