GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Sarah Richardson (Rochester, N.H.) scored a pair of goals, including the game-winning tally, as the University of New England blanked the University of Southern Maine, 3-0, in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field.
The win was the second straight for the Nor'easters who have opened the season with a 2-0 mark. The Huskies dropped their third straight and fall to 0-3.
Richardson broke a scoreless tie in the 22nd minute converting a cross from freshman Karina Scavo (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.). Scavo made a good run with the ball down the left wing side before sending a low cross into the box where Richardson calmly redirected the ball into the net from six yards out.
Sophomore Maggie Mahoney (Newburyport, Mass.) doubled the lead in the 26th minute when she took a pass from senior Ali Trafton (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) and beat USM senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) from about 12 yards out.
Richardson added an unassisted goal in the 77th minute to account for the final tally.
Senior Leigh Engel (Richmondville, N.Y./Cobleskill-Richmondville) and sophomore Jess Woodworth (Concord, N.H.) shared the goalkeeping chores for the Nor'easters. Engel played into the 80th minute making two saves. Her best stop came midway through the second half when she stopped a 15-yard shot from freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus). Woodworth did not face a shot over the final ten minutes.
Bradley had an outstanding match making 14 saves in a losing effort. Bradley was under pressure all game as UNE piled up a 26-3 advantage in shots and an 8-2 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to action this Saturday (2:30 p.m.) when it entertains M.I.T. UNE hosts Eastern Nazarene College in its home and Commonwealth Coast Conference opener on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).