STANDISH, Maine – Three different players scored as the St. Joseph's College (Maine) Monks overcame an early 1-0 deficit to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-2 in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday night at SJC Athletic Complex.
With the win, St. Joseph's improves to 2-1-1 on the season. The Monks have won two of their last three contests. Playing on the road for the third time in four games, the loss is the first of the season for Southern Maine and the Huskies are now 3-1 on the season.
Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute as junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) scored her second goal of the season. The Huskies 1-0 advantage stood until late in the second half when SJC's McKenzie Murphy took a ball down in the box for the equalizer in the 43rd minute.
Tied 1-1 at the half, the Monks' Brenna Smith scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th minute before Eilidh Sidaway made it a two-goal advantage in the 76th. Berthiaume trimmed the USM deficit to one in the 89th with her second goal of the game, but USM was unable to secure the equalizer.
Southern Maine outshot SJC 23-18, but the Monks had nine on frame to the Huskies' eight. Monk goalkeeper Adia Grogan had six saves in the win. Freshman Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) matched Grogan with six saves suffering the first loss of her intercollegiate career.
Berthiaume's two goals gives her 16 in her career (23 games) and moves her into a tie for ninth in Husky career record books. Her 42 career points moves her into a three-way tie for fourth in career records at Southern Maine.
Southern Maine is back in action, on the road, at Salve Regina on Saturday (3:00 pm).