Huskies, Corsairs Play to 1-1 Draw

Huskies, Corsairs Play to 1-1 Draw

            GORHAM, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine Huskies and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs women's soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference match at Hannaford Field.

            The draw leaves USM at 2-10-1 overall and 0-4-1 in LEC play.  UMD is 7-7-2 overall and 2-2-1 in conference play.

            In a scoreless first half, the Corsairs, playing with the aid of a strong wind, piled up a 10-3 advantage in shots.  USM senior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) kept the visitors off the scoreboard making seven saves.

            Twelve minutes into the second half, the Corsairs broke the scoreless deadlock when junior Jillian Van Ness (Agawam, Mass.) converted a pass from sophomore Erica Jonasson (Wrentham, Mass.) into her fourth goal of the season.

            Four minutes later, junior Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus) got the Huskies level pouncing on a rebound to pound home her third goal of the campaign.  UMD junior keeper Stephanie Borges (Somerset, Mass.) got her hand to the ball to make a good save on a shot from senior Tara Moore (Portland, Maine/Deering), but the rebound bounced off the post and back across the goalmouth to Wise.

            Both sides had good scoring opportunities over the final 30 minutes of regulation and the two, 10-minute, sudden-death overtime sessions, but Rothe and Borges were equal to the task, along with a little help from the goal posts.  Moore put a shot off the frame six minutes after the Wise goal, and had another excellent strike that was just wide right late in the second overtime.  UMD sophomore Tori Pierce (Tiverton, R.I.) put a shot off the crossbar three minutes into the second OT after the ball had bounced off the left post.

            Rothe finished the match with 15 saves.  Borges registered six stops.  UMD had a 23-11 edge in the shots and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

            The Huskies are off until next Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when they travel to East Connecticut State University for an LEC match.  The Corsairs are also off until Saturday (1:00 p.m.) when they host Keene State College for a conference game.