GORHAM, Maine -- Freshman Brittany Boscarino (Ellington, Conn.) scored a goal and had an assist as the Keene State College Owls defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 3-0, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday at the USM Soccer Field.
The win was the second straight, and fourth in the last five matches, for the Owls, and improved their record to 13-5-2 overall and 5-2-0 in the conference. The Huskies slip to 5-14-0 overall and 2-5-0 in LEC play.
Leading 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation, Boscarino entered the game moments before taking a corner kick that junior Melissa Dempsey (East Weymouth, Mass.) got her head to six yards out at the back post. Four minutes later, Boscarino guided home her first collegiate goal after the USM goalkeeper slipped trying to play a long service into the box from junior Bridget Hennessey (Essex Junction, Vt.).
Senior Katie Bradford (Lebanon, N.H.) had given the Owls a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when she picked up a loose ball and went in one v one against the USM keeper. The goal was her team-leading 16th of the season.
The Owls had a 19-4 advantage in shots, including a 15-2 edge in shots on goal, and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks during the match. Keene State junior goalkeeper Megan Dempsey (East Weymouth, Mass.) had to make two saves, both coming on the same play late in the second half, to record her eighth clean sheet of the season. USM junior keeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) had one save in the opening nine minutes before being lifted due to an injury. Sophomore Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) came on to register 11 saves over the final 81 minutes.
Both teams advance to the Little East Conference tournament that begins on Tuesday. Keene State will host a first round game while Southern Maine, by virtue of tiebreakers, will be the fifth seed and travel. Official pairings and game times will be announced later tonight.