Cathy Wise Scores Two Goals, USM Downs Framingham State 3-0

Cathy Wise Scores Two Goals, USM Downs Framingham State 3-0

            FALMOUTH, Maine -- Junior forward Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) scored two goals and assisted on a third as the University of Southern Maine women's soccer team posted its first win of the season by defeating Framingham State University, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in a non-conference match played at Falmouth High School.

            The win improved the Huskies' overall record to 1-3-0.  The Rams dropped their second straight decision to slip to 1-2-0.

            Wise gave USM a 1-0 lead in the 14th when she took a pass along the left side, dribbled back across the top of the 18-yard box and beat FSU sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Hibbard (Marlboro, Mass.) with a right-footed shot.  Twenty-two minutes later, Wise slipped a pass between FSU defenders for junior midfielder Jess Gassman (Kennebunk, Maine) to run on to and finish with a 12-yard shot past Hibbard.

            Framingham State had an edge in shots in the opening 45 minutes, out shooting Southern Maine 8-4.  USM senior keeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt), who finished the game with six saves to collect her third career shutout, had four saves in the first half.

            Wise had the only marker in the second half converting a pass from junior forward Katie Grenier (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) in the 59th minute.

            Hibbard finished the match stopping four shots.  Framingham State had a 14-10 advantage in shots and a 7-2 margin in corner kicks during the match.

            Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) hosting the University of Maine Farmington.  Framingham State will play its home opener on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) playing Babson College.