Salem State Shuts Out Southern Maine 1-0

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            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Taylor Orlando (Danvers, Mass.) converted a six-yard header into the only goal as the visiting Salem State University women's soccer team defeated the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, in a non-conference match Tuesday afternoon at the USM Soccer Field.

            The win snapped a two-match losing skid for the Vikings, and evened their overall record at 3-3-1.  The Huskies dropped their second straight match to slide to 2-6-0 overall.

            After a foul deep along the right wing side, senior Katylyn Verrette (Saugus, Mass.) served a long cross into the box where Orlando was able to get her head onto the ball and redirect it past USM junior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area).  The goal, coming in the 39th minute, was the first of the season for Orlando.

            Freshman goalkeeper Lauren Garchinsky (Saugus, Mass.) and the Viking defense protected the lead the remainder of the match.  Garchinsky was credited with two saves, both coming in the second half, and Vikings allowed only five shots against during the match.

            Rothe registered six saves during the match, and junior Tara Moore (Portland, Maine/Deering) cleared another shot off the line in second half to keep the deficit at one.  Salem State had a 12-5 advantage in shots and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine returns to the pitch on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts Plymouth State University in a Little East Conference match.  Salem State travels to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a MASCAC match.