GORHAM, Maine – Three different players from the Huskies' back line scored as the University of Southern Maine earned its third straight win and third straight win via shut out in a 3-0 victory over UMaine Farmington in a non-conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Outscoring its opponents 10-0 so far in 2019, Southern Maine is now 3-0. Playing in its season-opener, UMaine Farmington is 0-1 with the loss. Southern Maine defeated UMF 5-4 in overtime in 2018, and leads the overall series between the two schools 23-5-4.
Freshman Allie Gross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) put the Huskies up early scoring her first intercollegiate goal in the fourth minute off of a direct pass from senior Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic). Gross took the strike from distance and beat the UMF goalkeeper off of the cross bar and in for a 1-0 lead that stood through the half.
The Huskies doubled their advantage in the 65th as junior Elise Porter (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) make a well-time run from the back onto a through ball from Cost to slot the ball to the far post. USM senior Emily Baker (Brunswick, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) completed the Huskies scoring with a goal off of a direct kick in the 84th minute for the 3-0 final. Set up on the right side of the field, Baker launched a shot to the far post scoring through the outstretched hands of UMF junior goalkeeper Callie Hammer (Ellsworth, Maine).
Hammer turned in a strong performance for the Beavers in net stopping 11 shots as USM outshot UMF 29-8 in the game (14-3 on frame). Southern Maine rookie Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) earned the clean sheet making three saves. Despite limited chances, UMF had two quality attempts robbed by Gorman. Gorman made an outstanding dive save to her left on a far post attempt from Beaver freshman Emily Boyle (Orleans, Mass./Strugis East Charter) in the 56th, and then punched another potential goal over the crossbar on a direct kick attempt from junior McKenna Brodeur (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 89th.
Southern Maine travels to St. Joseph's College (Maine) for its next contest on Wednesday (4:30 pm).