NEWPORT, Rhode Island – Tied 1-1 late in regulation, Amanda Bentz scored the game-winning in the 86th minute to lead the Salve Regina University Seahawks to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Field.
The loss is the second straight for Southern Maine and drops their overall record to 3-2-0. USM is 2-2 on the season when traveling. Salve Regina improves to 3-2 with the win.
ON THE PITCH:
Southern Maine jumped ahead early as junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) scored her first goal of the 2019 season on a solo effort in the sixth minute. The Huskies lead stood through the half, as USM freshman goalkeeper Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) made eight saves in the opening stanza.
The Seahawks continued to apply pressure in the second half and had several shots hit a cross bar or post before Meagan McLaughlin's shot in the 66th minute hit the underside of the cross bar and went in for the equalizer.
Both teams had solid chances in the final 25 minutes of regulation. Southern Maine junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) put a laser on frame to the far post in the 81st minute but Seahawk goalkeeper Jenna Park made a diving save to her right.
Bentz's goal came after back-to-back corner kicks. She connected on an assist from Cat Hunter for the game-winner.
INSIDE THE STATS:
In a back-and-forth action-packed contest, Southern Maine outshot Salve Regina 29-28 with both teams registering 17 shots in the second half. Salve Regina held a slight edge in corner kicks (5-3), and had 17 shots on target to USM's 13.
Both goalkeepers were busy on the day. Gorman finished with a career-best 15 saves for the Huskies, while Park made 12 for the Seahawks.
NEWS & NOTES
Kalilwa's goal is the 11th of her career, and 26th point. Her 11 goals are tied for 16th in program history, while her 26 career points are ranked 20th.
Facing each other in for the first time in program history, Salve Regina is 1-0 all-time against the Huskies. The Huskies have played four of their first five games of the 2019 season on the road.
The Huskies are at home on Tuesday (6:30 pm) against non-conference opponent Husson University.