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Southern Maine Overcomes UMass Dartmouth 3-2

            PORTLAND, Maine  --  The University of Southern Maine women's soccer team scored two goals in a span of 1:28 late in the match and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3-2 in a Little East Conference encounter Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field.

            The victory snapped a four-match losing skid for the Huskies who improve to 2-8-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the conference.  The Corsairs, winless in their last four outings (0-3-1), fall to 4-6-1 overall and 1-2-0 in LEC play.  The game was originally scheduled to be played in Gorham, but was moved onto the turf at Memorial Field due to the weather.

            With the match appearing like it was headed for overtime, the two sides combined for three goals in the final six minutes.  UMD took its only lead in the match on a restart as freshman Shannon Rhinehart (Randolph, Mass.) lifted a long shot into from just outside the 18-yard area into the box where it bounced off a USM player into the goal.

            The lead was short-lived as junior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine) got the ball along the left-wing side, made a nice move past a UMD defender and beat junior goalkeeper Tanya Braga (Hudson, Mass.) with a 15-yard shot to tie the match.  The goal came only 24 seconds after Rhinehart's tally.

            DeHaan set up what proved to be the game-winning goal chasing down a loose ball along the end line and crossing it in front of the net where freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) redirected it into the goal.

            The Huskies had to survive a final scare as the Corsairs got a good scoring chance in the final seconds, but senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) made a reflex save with her left hand to preserve the win.

            Junior Danielle Poulin (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) gave USM a 1-0 lead in the opening seconds as her skipping shot found its way past Braga.  Freshman Amy Carchedi (Quincy, Mass) tied the match for UMD in the 59th minute converting a cross from junior Cristal Peixoto (Dartmouth, Mass.).

            Bradley finished the match with four saves.  Braga, who played the first half and returned to the match with 20 minutes to play after freshman Jen Warren (Somerset, Mass.) came off with an injury, had two saves.  Warren was credited with one save in 25 minutes.

            Southern Maine will travel to Bates College on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) for a non-conference match.  UMass Dartmouth hosts Bridgewater State College on Tuesday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference tilt.

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