Eastern Connecticut Gets Past Southern Maine 2-0

Eastern Connecticut Gets Past Southern Maine 2-0

            MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors got second-half goals from sophomore Tamar Merheb (Bethel, Conn.) and junior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn.) to get past a determined University of Southern Maine Huskies team, 2-0, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Athletic Complex.

            The victory leveled the Warriors' overall record at 8-8-0 with two games remaining in the regular season.  The Warriors are 5-1 in conference play.  The Huskies fell to 2-12-1 overall with two matches to play, and 0-5-1 in the LEC.

            The sides played a scoreless first half that saw the Warriors post a 6-2 advantage in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

            Merheb snapped the deadlock early in the second half getting her head to a corner kick taken by junior Chelsea Downer (Colchester, Conn.).  The goal, coming in the 47th minute, was the fourth of the season for Merheb.

            With the Huskies pushing an extra player forward in search of an equalizer, Marchitto converted a pass from senior Jo-Ann Merheb (Bethel, Conn.) into her team-leading 11th goal of the season.

            USM senior goalkeeper Kat Rothe (Leeds, Maine/Leavitt Area) recorded seven saves.  Junior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, Conn.) needed to make only one save to earn her fourth shutout of the season.

            The Warriors finished the match out shooting the Huskies 15-2, and piling up a 15-1 margin in corner kicks, including an 11-0 edge in the second half.

            Southern Maine travels to rival Saint Joseph's College for a non-conference match on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.).  Eastern Connecticut will play Manhattanville College under the lights on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference encounter.