PORTLAND, Maine -- Senior Chelsea Norton (Westbrook, Maine) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 79th minute as the University of Southern Maine held off St. Joseph's College, 2-1, in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday evening at Memorial Field.
The win snapped a six-match losing streak for the Huskies, and improved their overall record to 5-13-0. The loss dropped the Monks overall mark to 7-9-1.
Leading 1-0, the Huskies tallied the game-winning goal at 78:08 as senior Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic) passed the ball to junior Bridget FitzGerald (Concord, N.H./Tilton) at the top left corner of the penalty area. FitzGerald took one touch, then played a perfect pass across the box to Norton who slotted home an eight-yard shot for her second goal of the season.
The Monks pressed the offense over the final 10 minutes, getting within one with 1:56 left in regulation time. Freshman Jessica Capozzi (Saugus, Mass.) converted a pass from the right side by senior Mikayla Call (Portland, Maine/Catherine McAuley) into her fourth goal of the campaign. The Monks had a good scoring opportunity earlier in the half, but a shot by Call bounced off the crossbar and was cleared away by the USM defense.
Southern Maine had the only goal, coming off a set piece, of the opening 45 minutes. Senior Samantha Peters (Westbrook, Maine) delivered a well-placed free kick just to the left of the Monks goal where junior Tara Moore (Portland, Maine/Deering) headed it into the net for her third goal.
The Huskies employed two goalkeepers in the match. Junior Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) and sophomore Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) each played a half. Rothe was credited with two saves in the first half while Cobb did not record a save in the second. Freshman Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) registered three saves for the Monks. Both sides had seven shots while USM had the only corner kick.
Southern Maine closes its regular season schedule on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when it hosts Keene State College for a Little East Conference match. St. Joseph's concluded its season.