Bowdoin Pulls Away in Second Half to Down USM 5-1

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            GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman Lauren Skerritt (San Diego, Calif.) came off the bench to score two second half goals to help Bowdoin College pull away from the University of Southern Maine and post a 5-1 victory in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field.

            The win snapped a two-game winless streak for the Polar Bears, and improved their overall record to 3-2-1.  The Huskies slip to 3-7-0 overall.

            Junior Ellery Gould (East Sandwich, Mass.) gave the visitors a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute with the only goal of the opening half as she ran onto a through pass and beat USM junior Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) with a 15-yard shot from the right.  Bowdoin held USM without a shot in the opening 45 minutes while taking 10 shots.  Rothe had four saves to keep the Huskies within striking distance.

            The Polar Bears gained some breathing room when Skerritt pounded home the rebound of a Gould shot for her first collegiate goal in the 66th minute.  Sophomore Casey Blossom (Concord, N.H./St. Paul's) and Skerritt found the net 57 seconds apart to expand the lead to 4-0 with less than nine minutes to play.

            Southern Maine got on the scoreboard when senior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic) took the kickoff following Skerritt's goal and beat the Bowdoin defense down the left side and put a 15-yard shot past senior goalkeeper Kat Flaherty (Fairfield, Conn.) into the far side of the net.

            Rookie Morgan Woodhouse (Portland, Maine/Waynflete), who assisted on Skerritt's second goal, got her first collegiate goal in the 86th minute to close the scoring.

            Despite the score, Rothe played a strong match for USM, finishing with eight saves.  Flaherty posted on save.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) traveling to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for a Little East Conference match.  Bowdoin host NESCAC rival Connecticut College on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).