RUTLAND, Vermont – Junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) scored her 10th goal of the season, and third game-winner of 2018, to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a key win over the Castleton University Spartans in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday morning at Dave Wolk Stadium.
Earning their 13th win of the season to improve to 13-4-1 and 5-3 in the Little East, the 2018 Huskies established a school record for wins in a season, breaking the previous mark of 12 set in 2000 (12-8-0). The Huskies also clinched the fourth-seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament, and will host a playoff game for the first time since 2005. USM will host fifth-seeded UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday (TBA). Castleton falls to 7-11 with the loss and 4-4 in the LEC. The Spartans will be the sixth seed in the LEC tourney and will travel to third-seeded UMass Boston on Tuesday (TBA).
Using a strong individual effort, Berthiaume put her team ahead 1-0 in the 66th minute, carrying the ball through the Spartan defense and then delivering a low shot to the side-netting. With Berthiaume's marker giving the Husky side the advantage, Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) put in a strong effort in net, making seven saves to earn her ninth shutout of the season. Canastra is now tied with the Jen Poliquin '97 for the single-season shut out record.
Statisically the game was even with each team registering 13 shots, while Castleton had a slight 3-2 edge in corner kicks. The Spartans also had a 7-5 lead in shots on goal. Castleton goalkeeper Loren Henderson (Rutland, Vermont) made four saves in the loss.