(Courtesy of Colby College Sports Information)
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Nikki Pickering (Keene, N.H.) scored just 1:03 into the game to give Colby College an early goal on the way to a 5-0 victory over University of Southern Maine in non-conference women's soccer Wednesday.
The Mules move to 4-5-1 overall heading into Saturday's (11:00 a.m.) home game with Amherst College. The Huskies drop to 2-11 overall and play host to Western Connecticut State University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).
Pickering scored what proved to be the game-winning goal after Meg Edwards (East Brunswick, N.J.) broke free just a minute into the game. She found Pickering, who hit a low shot into the left corner of the net.
Edwards got a goal of her own about 17 minutes into the contest when she volleyed a cross from Leah Turino (Stoneham, Mass.) into the left corner of the goal.
Kate Pistel (Amherst, Mass.) got her first collegiate goal at 22:29 to give the Mules a 3-0 lead at halftime. She received a pass from Sam Merriweather (Los Altos, Calif.) on the left side, beat a defender, and scored to the left corner of the goal.
The Mules scored two goals in the final 11:14 of play to close out the scoring. Devin Cahill (Quincy, Mass.) scored her first collegiate goal off a cross from Meaghan Mooney (Wellesley, Mass.), who had her first collegiate assist. Kayla Kawalick (Farmington, Conn.) headed in a cross from Lexi Bohonnon (Madison, Conn.) with 6:30 to play for the final goal.
Loni Pisani (Kanata, Canada) and Alex Essman (Littleton, Mass.) each played a half to combine on the shutout. Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine) and Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) split the goalkeeping chores for the Huskies. Rothe played the first half and had nine saves. Cobb played the second half and recorded seven stops.