Gordon Downs Southern Maine 3-1

            GORHAM, Maine  --  The Gordon College Scots built a two-goal lead in the opening half en route to a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field.

            The victory levels the Scots overall record at 1-1.  The Huskies, playing their home opener, slip to 0-2.

            The Scots got on the board in the 24th minute when senior Christen Peters (Feeding Hills, Mass.) converted an assist from junior Kelly Donlan (Burlington, Conn.) for her team's first goal of the season.  Sophomore Elisabeth Cheesman (Winslow, Maine) tallied an unassisted goal off a rebound in the 34th minute to make it 2-0.  The Scots held a wide edge in play in the opening 45 minutes, out shooting the Huskies, 10-0, and piling up a 7-1 margin in corner kicks.

            Senior Emily Purinton (Boxborough, Mass.) added a third goal for the Scots with an assist going to freshman Ally Lanoue (Pittsfield, Mass.) in the 66th minute.

            Only seconds after Purinton scored, Southern Maine came back down the middle of the field to score.  Freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) took a pass from junior Chelsea Norton (Scarborough, Maine) at the top of the 18-yard box and slipped a rolling shot by Gordon senior goalkeeper Ally Ytzen (Des Moines, Iowa).

            Ytzen finished the match with two saves.  USM senior keeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) was credited with seven stops.  Gordon finished the match with an 18-6 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corners.

            Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) when it hosts the University of New England.  Gordon travels to Salem State College on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) for a match under the lights.