GORHAM, Maine – Senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) of the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's soccer team has been named the Little East Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this season. Canastra previously earned the weekly conference accoladed on September 24, and October 15.
In a 2-0 week, Canastra posted a pair of shutout victories tying the Southern Maine record for shutouts in a season with nine. Canastra is tied with former Southern Maine former first team all-conference goalkeeper Jen Poliquin (1993-1996), who set the record in 1996. In a 2-0 win over in-state rival St. Joseph's Colllege (Maine), Canastra made eight saves to earn the clean sheet. In a key Little East Conference win at Castleton, Canastra turned in another strong performance making seven saves as the Huskies defeated the Spartans 1-0. With the win, USM locked up the fourth-seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament, and set a school record for wins in a season (13).
Second in the Little East Conference in minutes played, Canastra is second in save percentage (.844), third in goals against (17), and third in total saves (92) and is the conference leader in goals against average, allowing .96 goals per game. She is 12-4-1 on the season with nine shutouts. Five of Canastra's shut outs have come against LEC opponents (5-3-0).
The fourth-seed in the upcoming Little East Conference tournament, Southern Maine (13-4-1, 5-3 LEC) hosts fifth-seed UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) in a quarterfinal round game at Hannaford Field. It is the first time since the 2005 season that the Huskies are host to a LEC tournament game.