GORHAM, Maine – Freshman McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had a goal and an assist to lead the UMaine Farmington Beavers to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday evening at Hannaford Field.
With the win, UMF evens its record to 5-5 overall. The win is the third in the last four games for the Beavers. Southern Maine suffers its seventh consecutive loss to drop to 2-8 overall.
Brodeur gave the Beavers an early advantage scoring her team leading ninth goal of the season just 30 seconds into the game. Brodeur won the ball in the midfield, and then carried it into the box beating several Husky defenders before placing the ball to the far post past onrushing goalkeeper junior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.). After giving up the initial goal, USM applied the pressure to the Beavers' defense, outshooting UMF 9-3 in the half, but senior goalkeeper Kiana Thompson (Industry, Maine/Mt. Blue) was up to the task making four saves. The Huskies nearly had the equalizer in the sixth minute, but junior Olivia Mull's (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) shot hit the post and deflected away from traffic.
UMF held onto its one-goal advantage until the 76th minute as junior Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central) and freshman Elise Porter (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) connected for the equalizer. Michaud carried the ball down the near post sideline and then cut the ball in to create space for the service. Michaud then sent the ball flat to the top of the box where Porter waited for a one-time shot into the top of the nets for her first career goal.
With the game seemingly destined for overtime, UMF was able to come away with the game-winner in the 86th minute. Using a strong individual effort, Brodeur carried the ball down the far side and then into the middle of the field beating two USM defenders before laying the ball off to an open senior Kaiti Kinney (Surry, Maine/Ellsworth) for the 2-1 final. The goal was Kinney's sixth of the season and her second game-winner.
Canastra finished with six saves for the Huskies, while Thompson also made six saves. Southern Maine held a slight 15-12 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corner kicks for the game.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it takes on Little East Conference foe UMass Boston.