GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Emily Belval (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) scored on a set piece in the 40th minute to lead the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors to 1-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the victory, Eastern Connecticut earns its second straight win to improve to 4-6 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine drops its fourth straight to slip to 4-7-1 overall and 0-4 in the Little East.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Southern Maine pressured early, testing Eastern Connecticut goalkeeper senior Erin Collins (Millis, Mass./Millis) with on-target attempts from senior Adela Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) and junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) in the ninth and 12th minutes.
However, after a Husky defensive miscue led to an indirect kick just outside of the box, Belval put her shot on frame, earning her first intercollegiate goal. when the ball tipped off of the Huskies' goalkeeper for the 1-0 Warrior lead that stood through the half.
In the second half, Southern Maine controlled play outshooting the Warriors 12-0 but were unable to find an equalizer as Collins stood tall in net collecting five of her eight saves in the final 45.
With the Huskies' holding an 8-2 advantage in shots on goal, Collins earned her first shutout victory of the season turning back all eight of Southern Maine's attempts. USM freshman goalkeeper Kayla Gorman (Windham, Maine) made one save in the loss.
Southern Maine will host University of New England in a non-conference match up on Tuesday (7:00 pm) under the light at Hannaford Field.