BANGOR, Maine -- The Husson University Eagles scored the first six goals of the match en route to a 6-1 victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in the teams' season-opening match Tuesday afternoon at Boucher Field in Bangor.
Senior Shelby Bradford (Lee, Maine) paced the Eagles' attack scoring a pair of second half goals and an assist. Senior Kylan Smith (Presque Isle, Maine) had a goal and an assist, and sophomore Katelyn Coultier (Groveton, N.H.) had two assists.
Freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) scored the Huskies lone goal off an assist from classmate Jessica Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) in the 66th minute. Senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) recorded 14 saves over the first 59 minutes before giving way to sophomore Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) who posted six saves.
Husson dominated the game taking 41 shots, 26 on frame, at the USM goal. Southern Maine was able to generate seven shots on two Husson goalkeepers, junior Rozlyn Petersen (Newport, Maine) and senior Jen Plourde (Howland, Maine).
The Eagles grabbed a 2-0 lead in the opening half on a penalty kick goal by junior Caitlyn Butterfield (Gorham, Maine) at the 14-minute mark, and a goal by junior Megan LaJoie (Van Buren, Maine) off an assist from Smith in the 24th minute.
Bradford scored twice within a span of five minutes early in the second half to double the Eagles' advantage. Sophomore Alexandra Laniewski (Scarborough, Maine) finished off a nice passing play from Coultier and Bradford to make it 5-0 in the 56th minute. Coultier set up Smith in the 60th minute for the Eagles' final goal.
Southern Maine plays its home opener on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when it hosts Gordon College at the USM Soccer Field. Husson travels to the University of Maine Fort Kent on Thursday (2:00 p.m.) for its next match.