GORHAM, Maine – Senior Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine) calmly tucked in a one-timer in the 51st minute off of a square ball into the box from junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a key 1-0 win over the UMass Boston Beacons in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the first for Southern Maine over the Beacons since the 2007 season, and the first shutout victory for the Huskies over UMB since 2006. USM is now 9-3 overall and 2-2 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies snapped UMass Boston's six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1), dropping UMB's record to 7-4-1 and 2-1-1 in the conference.
Dennison's fifth goal of the season came following a terrific series of passes from the midfield, starting with sophomore Elise Porter's (Windham, Maine) ball to the outside to find Kalilwa outside of the box. Kalilwa then carried the ball into the box, drawing the defense, before sliding a perfectly placed ball just outside of the six for Dennison. With Dennison and Kalilwa generating the Huskies' offense, senior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) earned the clean sheet making nine saves. The shutout is Canastra's fifth of the season and ninth of her career.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.) when it travels to Keene State for a Little East Conference game. UMass Boston hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.).