Southern Maine Downs Thomas in Overtime 3-2

Sophomore Kelly Burrell (left) had two goals, including the game winner in OT, and freshman Ally Abrahamson scored once as USM defeated Thomas 3-2 in overtime Sunday
Sophomore Kelly Burrell (left) had two goals, including the game winner in OT, and freshman Ally Abrahamson scored once as USM defeated Thomas 3-2 in overtime Sunday

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sophomore Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) scored her second goal of the match 6:13 into the first sudden-death overtime period to give the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies a 3-2 victory over the Thomas College Terriers in a non-conference women's soccer match Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field.

            The win evened the Huskies record at 1-1 after the opening weekend of play in the 2012 season.  The Terriers slipped to 0-2 after dropping their second one-goal decision in as many days.

            Burrell gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play converting a pass from senior Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle).  The Huskies held the edge in play in the opening 45 minutes out shooting the Terriers 11-4, but were unable to slip another shot past the Terriers defense.

            Freshman Ally Abrahamson (Rutland, Vt.) gave the Huskies some breathing room in the 74th minute with an unassisted goal to make it 2-0.

            The Terriers stormed back to tie the match as freshman Kajsa Kaufeldt (Uppsala, Sweden) scored twice in a span of 42 seconds.  Kaufeldt tallied her first goal off an assist from classmate Bronte Howorth (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) at the 82:18 mark.  Kaufeldt equalized for the Terriers with an unassisted goal at 83:00.

            USM freshman goalkeeper Melissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) recorded one save to earn her first collegiate victory.  Junior Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, Maine/Morse) had 11 saves for Thomas in 82:13.  Freshman Lindsy Hoopingarner (Richmond, Maine) did not register a save in her 14 minutes of action.

            Southern Maine had a 27-9 advantage in shots and a 7-1 margin in corner kicks.

            The Huskies will host Bowdoin College in their home opener this Thursday (4:30 p.m.) at Hannaford Field.  The Terriers travel to Saint Joseph's College (Me.) on Thursday (4:30 p.m.).

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