GORHAM, Maine – Coming off of back-to-back shutout wins during the week, three members of the University of Southern Maine Huskies women's soccer team have earned weekly accolades from the Little East Conference.
All members of the Huskies' defense, freshman Allie Gross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) was named the conference's Rookie of the Week, while her classmate Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) was named the LEC Goalkeeper of the Week. Senior Emily Baker (Brunswick, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) was picked as the conference's Defensive Player of the Week, marking the second consecutive week that a member of the Huskies' back line has earned the honor.
Starting as an outside back, Gross helped USM to a pair of shutout victories and registered her first intercollegiate points in a 3-0 win over UMaine Farmington. Gross' goal against the Beavers came in the fourth minute and was the game-winner. An Athletic Training major, Gross has started each of the Huskies' three games, and helped USM to a 3-0 start.
Another rookie working their way into the starting lineup, Gorman was outstanding in net leading USM to a pair of clean sheets with a 3-0 win at Colby-Sawyer and a 3-0 decision at home versus UMaine Farmington. Gorman made a season and career-best seven saves in the Huskies win at Colby-Sawyer. Thought infrequently tested in the 3-0 win over UMF, Gorman made a pair of outstanding saves (three total) against the Beavers to keep the shutout result. Up 1-0, Gorman went full extension to her left on an attempt in the 55th minute. In the 89th, Gorman was able to punch a direct kick attempt up and over the crossbar for the 3-0 final. For the season, Gorman, a Business major, has a 1.000 save percentage and a 0.00 goals against average, and leads the LEC in both categories.
Baker, a veteran defender for the Huskies, is earning the first weekly accoladed of her career. Coordinating USM's backline from her central defense position, Baker has helped keep the Huskies' opponents off of the scoreboard and scored the first goal of her career in a 3-0 win versus UMaine Farmington. Baker's leadership in the defense has led Southern Maine to three consecutive victories to open 2019, and a defense that has not allowed a goal in 270 minutes. With USM outscoring its opponents 10-0 during that stretch, Baker's first intercollegiate goal and third point of her career, came late in the game against UMaine Farmington on a direct kick that hit the top corner of the far post for a 3-0 result.
Southern Maine travels to nearby St. Joseph's College (Maine) for its next contest on Wednesday (6:00 pm).