NORTH QUINCY, Mass. – Junior Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) had a goal and an assist as three difference players scored en route to a 3-0 win for the University of Southern Maine Huskies over the Eastern Nazarene College Lions in a non-conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Creedon Field.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 6-9-1 overall. The Huskies are 4-4-1 on the road this season. Eastern Nazarene falls to 2-9 with the loss.
ON THE PITCH:
Junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) scored first for the Huskies notching her eighth goal of the season in the 17th minute. Mazza assisted on the play, finding Berthiaume open for a long-range shot and a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Alex Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) made it 2-0 before the half with a solo effort in the 29th minute, carrying the ball down the left side of the field before beating the Lions' keeper for her fourth goal of the season.
Mazza scored a goal of her own in the 54th minute cleaning up a rebound off of a shot from senior Emily Bragg (Gorham, Maine) for her first goal of the season and the 3-0 final. Bragg's initial attempt hit off the post and Mazza was there to knock it in for the goal.
Southern Maine nearly had an additional goal in the first half when senior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) also hit the frame on an attempt in the 17th minute.
USM held a 24-9 edge in shots and a commanding 6-0 lead in corner kicks during the contest.
Freshman Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) earned the win, making three saves over the course of 81:32 of action. Junior Chantel Gagnon (Biddeford, Maine) closed out the final 8:28 and did not register a save. ENC goalkeeper Griselda Minchaca made seven saves in the loss.
NEWS & NOTES:
Allain's goal puts her at 11 in her career and is tied for 16th in Husky career records. With 32 career points, the Huskies' midfielder is tied for 15th (11 goals, 10 assists).
Southern Maine remains in non-conference action and travels to Maine Maritime Academy on Tuesday (6:30 pm).