GORHAM, Maine – Junior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) scored the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute bodying the ball into the back of the net on a service from sophomore Alex Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) to lift the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-2 win over the Husson University Eagles in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday night at Hannaford Field.
With the win the Huskies halt a two-game slide and improve to 4-2 overall. Husson drops its second straight game and is now 1-3. The meeting was the 15th between the two schools and the first since the 2015 season. Southern Maine leads the overall series 10-5-0.
ON THE PITCH:
Southern Maine took an early 1-0 lead in the 10th minute when junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) completed a strong individual effort at the top of the box to drive in her fourth goal of the season. Husson came back nine minute later for the equalizer when senior Alli Carey (Plymouth, N.H.) slotted in a goal off of a lead ball from junior Bri Saulter in the 19th.
The score remained 1-1 through the first despite USM outshooting the Eagles 8-4. However, USM pressured early in the second and Kalilwa scored her first goal of the game and second of the season in the 48th minute to put the Huskies up 2-1. Southern Maine continued to apply pressure and had a near second goal from Berthiaume from distance but the shot hammered off the far post and away from danger.
Husson came back again to tie the score up in the 66th when freshman Alexa Thayer collected a bouncing loose ball in the box and slipped it past USM's goalkeeper for a 2-2 game. With time running down, Allain took a ball out wide to the far side of the field and sent in a cross to the far post. Kalilwa seized the opportunity running onto the ball and directing it straight into the frame for the game-winner and 3-2 final.
INSIDE THE STATS:
USM outshot the Eagles 17-6 for the game, and had two shots glance off the post, including a first half effort from senior Emily Baker (Brunswick, Maine/North Yarmouth Academy) and Berthiaume's second half effort.
Husson had a pair of shots miss just wide of the net, including an opening breakaway attempt from Arianna McKinnon (Howland, Maine/Penobscot Valley) in the third minute.
Both teams were even in corners with USM holding a slight 5-4 advantage.
USM freshman Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) made two saves in the win. Husson's Shie Smith (Winthrop, Maine) made four saves.
NEWS & NOTES:
Berthiaume's team-leading fourth goal of the season give her 17 for her career and moves her into a four-way tie for sixth in USM's career records. Through 26 career games at Southern Maine, Berthiaume has 17 goals and 10 assists for 44 points. Her 10 assists are tied for fifth in career records, and her 44 points are tied for sixth overall.
Kalilwa's two goals puts her at 13 for her career (42 games). She has 30 points on 13 goals and four assists. She is ranked 17th in career points, and 13th in career goals.
Allain's assist in the contest gives her 26 career points in 26 games as a Husky and puts her in the top 20 for career points.
Southern Maine opens its Little East Conference schedule hosting Western Connecticut State on Saturday (12:00 pm).