Eastern Connecticut Downs Southern Maine 1-0

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            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Taylor Buchanan (Ellington, Conn.) scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season in the 75th minute to give league-leader Eastern Connecticut State University a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at blustery USM Soccer Field.

            The win kept the regionally-ranked Warriors unbeaten on the season, improving their record to 11-0-1 overall and 4-0-0 in the conference.  The Warriors, winners of their last nine matches, were tied for fifth in this week's NSCAA New England regional poll.  The Huskies dropped their second straight match to slip to 4-9-0 overall and 2-2-0 in LEC play.

            Buchanan tallied the only goal of the match picking up a loose ball at the six-yard box and putting a shot into the back of the net.  Sophomore Chelsea Downer (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) crossed the ball from the right end line, deflecting off the head of a USM defender, to the waiting Buchanan who made no mistake.

            Junior Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford, Conn.) and sophomore Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, Conn.) split the goalkeeping chores for the Warriors.  Pagnozzi played the first half making two saves, including a brilliant leg save on sophomore Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) in the final seconds of the half to keep the match scoreless.  MacLeod did not record a save in the second half.

            Junior Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) played well in goal for USM registering five saves.

            Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) when it host Colby College.  Eastern Connecticut travels to Amherst College on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) for a battle of regionally ranked teams.