DeHaan Named LEC Offensive Player of the Week

            GORHAM, Maine  --  Junior midfielder Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine) played a major role in the University of Southern Maine women's soccer team's first Little East Conference win of the season on Saturday, and was recognized for that effort Monday when she was named the conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of September 28 through October 4.  Jonathan Harper, commissioner for the Little East Conference, made the announcement.

            DeHaan scored the game-tying goal and assisted on the game winner in the final six minutes of regulation time to help the Huskies post a 3-2 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  The win was the Huskies first against an LEC opponent since October 2007 and snapped a four-game losing streak.

            Only seconds after UMass Dartmouth had taken a 2-1 lead, DeHaan took the ball along the left side, beat a defender and put a well-placed 15-yard shot past the UMD goalkeeper to tie the game.  Less than two minutes later, DeHaan chased down a loose ball at the end line and crossed it across the goalmouth where freshman Catherine Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) directed it into the goal for a 3-2 lead.

            In 10 matches this season, DeHaan has scored three goals and picked up one assist for seven points.  This is the first time in her three-year career at USM that DeHaan has received a weekly citation from the Little East.

            The Huskies (2-8-0) travel to Lewiston, Maine, on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) to play at Bates College.