2018 LEC Coach of the Year: Seth Benjamin '00

Southern Maine Shuts Out Keene State 3-0

Freshman Alex Allain had two assists to help USM to its first win over KSC since 2005.
Freshman Alex Allain had two assists to help USM to its first win over KSC since 2005.


KEENE, N.H. – Senior Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine) scored a goal in each half, and freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) had a pair of assists to highlight a 3-0 University of Southern Maine Huskies win over the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Wednesday night at the Owl Athletic Complex. 

Improving to 10-3 overall and 3-2 in the Little East Conference, the win is the first for the Huskies over Keene State since the 2005 season when USM took a 1-0 victory over the Owls.  It is also the first time since 2005 that the women's soccer team has reached doubled digit wins since the 2005 season when USM finished 11-7-2. KSC is 3-8-1 overall and winless in the conference at 0-4-1. 

Despite an impressive 17-3 lead in shots in the first half, Southern Maine entered the halftime break up just one goal. Dennison's first goal of the game came in the 30th minute and proved to be the game-winner.  Dennison notched her sixth goal of the season finishing an assist from Allain.  

The Huskies continued to pour on the offense in the second half, outshooting KSC 13-4 and registered two more goals for their efforts. Dennison secured the brace in the 80th minute, firing in a shot from 25-yards out to the top left corner of the goal off of a feed from junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine).  Junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) made it 3-0 scoring in the 89th on Allain's second assist of the game.  Allain, a rookie midfielder, now has six assists on the season and is tied for the team lead with Berthiaume. 

KSC goalkeeper Abbie Terrinca made an impressive 16 saves, and allowed three goals over 90 minutes full.  USM senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made two saves to earn her sixth win by shut out of the season, and her ninth overall win of 2018. Canastra now has 10 career shutouts. Her six shutouts this season are tied for fourth in USM single-season records, and her 10 career shutouts are tied for fourth in career record books for Southern Maine. 

Southern Maine hosts UMass Dartmouth in a Little East Conference game on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).  The Huskies will be sponsoring a Domestic Violence Awareness game in partnership with USM's Campus Safety Project.  The Huskies will be wearing purple during the game in a show of support, and the Campus Safety Project will be on hand with educational materials and resources regarding sexual violence and healthy relationships.