Southern Maine Blanks Rhode Island College 1-0

            PORTLAND, Maine  --  Junior midfielder Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine) scored the only goal and senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) made three saves as the University of Southern Maine shut out Rhode Island College, 1-0, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Huskies who improve to 4-12-0 overall and 2-4-0 in the conference.  The Anchorwomen dropped their fourth consecutive match to slide to 2-11-0 overall and 1-5-0 in LEC play.

            DeHaan struck a bouncing ball and put a 12-yard shot inside the far post past RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, R.I.).  Senior Samantha Mathieu (Belfast, Maine) took a throw-in from the right sideline that bounced by a pair of players before DeHaan shielded the ball from a defender, turned and shot.  The goal was DeHaan's team-leading seventh of the season, and her second game-winning goal this week.  She had the game winner against Framingham State College in double overtime on Tuesday.

            Bradley had to come up big moments after DeHaan's goal when a long ball out of the back caught the USM back-line flat footed.  Senior Christina Tavana (Middletown, Conn.) went in alone on Bradley, but her low drive was stopped by Bradley and cleared from danger by the Huskies defense.

            Pirri played well in a losing effort making eight saves.  Southern Maine piled up a 16-8 margin in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine will take its two-match winning streak on the road on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) when it plays against Saint Joseph's College at Windham (Maine) High School.  Rhode Island College will host Lasell College on Tuesday (6:00 p.m.) in its final regular season home match.

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