GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Maddison Egan (Rangeley, Maine) scored in the 83rd minute to break a 1-1 tie delivering a 2-1 season-opening win for the University of Southern Maine Huskies over the Thomas College Terriers Friday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Southern Maine opens its 2017 campaign at 1-0. Playing in its first game of the season, Thomas is now 0-1. Southern Maine leads the 16-game series between the two schools 13-1-2.
Despite controlling play, Thomas College got on the scoreboard first snapping a scoreless draw in the 62nd minute on its first shot of the game. After the Terriers were awarded a corner kick, sophomore Amelia Kelby (Palmyra, Maine/Nokomis) collected a loose ball in the box and drove it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Terriers' lead would be short-lived however, as Southern Maine senior Hana McNally (Monmouth Junction, N.J./Holy Cross) blasted in the equalizer in the 63rd minute. After receiving the ball in the midfield, McNally took a pair of touches before launching a 25-yard strike to the upper 90 of the near post to make it 1-1. Scoring took a break after McNally's goal, until Egan's late game heroics. With regulation winding down, freshman Abigail Mazza (Rumford, Maine/Mountain Valley) chased a ball down the sideline and then hit a low driven cross through the 18, before finding Egan's foot on the far post. Egan converted the service for her first intercollegiate goal and the game winner.
Southern Maine outshot the Terriers 14-2 and had a 4-2 lead in corner kicks. Junior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made a save in the win. Thomas junior Kayla Gordon (Wiscasset, Maine) made six saves in the loss.
Southern Maine returns to action on Sunday (2:00 p.m.) against Elms College. Thomas College travels to Curry on Sunday (1:00 p.m.).