Big Second Half Lifts Salem State Past Southern Maine 4-0

            SALEM, Mass.  --  The Salem State College Lady Vikings exploded for four unanswered goals in the second half to post a 4-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday night in a non-conference women's soccer match at Alumni Field.

            With their second straight win, the Lady Vikings improved their overall record to 6-3-0.  The Huskies dropped their fourth straight match to fall to 1-8-0.

            After a scoreless opening half, junior Erin O'Brien (Hanson, Mass.) put the hosts on the board four minutes into the season half converting a set-up from sophomore Jackie Gauthier (Danvers, Mass.).  Twelve minutes later, O'Brien was on the other end, assisting on junior KatyLyn Verrette's (Saugus, Mass.) goal for a 2-0 Salem State lead.

            Sophomore Karly Henderson (Salem, Mass.) made it 3-0 in the 68th minute redirecting a pass from junior Taylor Orlando (Danvers, Mass.) into the net.  Gauthier closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal off a corner kick with less than two minutes to play.

            Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) was credited with seven saves.  Sophomore Leah Potcner (Wilmington, Mass.) made one stop to earn the shutout.  Salem State piled up a 16-1 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in corner kicks.

            The Huskies will host the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match.  The Lady Vikings will be at home on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) hosting Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.