(Courtesy of UNE Sports Information)
BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Freshman Kristin Dechene (Nashua, N.H.) scored her first two collegiate goals to lead the University of New England to a 3-1 non-conference women's soccer victory over the University of Southern Maine Tuesday evening at Barbara J. Hazard Field.
The win improves the Nor'easters record to 2-3 overall, and is their fifth straight against the Huskies, who dropped to 1-4 on the year.
In a game tied at 1-1 approaching halftime, Dechene collected a long pass on the right wing from senior Nicole Faircloth (Westfield, Mass.), dribbled to the edge of the box and lofted a shot up into the left side netting with 47 second remaining in the opening half.
The goal gave UNE a boast moving into the second frame, and Dechene added some insurance in the 55th minute when the rebound from a shot by sophomore Jayne Kelly (Hooksett, N.H.) came right to her and she tucked it just inside the right post.
Early on, the Nor'easters gained a 1-0 advantage after a Southern Maine own goal in the fourth minute. Just over six minutes later, the Huskies got even when sophomore Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine) took a rip at a bouncing ball and looped it over the UNE keeper into the upper left corner.
UNE junior goalkeeper Gina Iannazzi (Methuen, Mass.) made five saves over the initial 72 minutes before giving way to sophomore Sarah Papapietro (Bonita, Calif.), who registered two stops in the remaining time. USM first-year goalkeeper Marisa Temple (Grafton, Maine) logged six saves for the visitors.
Southern Maine opens Little East Conference play on Saturday at Western Connecticut State University (12:00 p.m.). UNE returns to action on Thursday (4:30 p.m.) with the first of three consecutive road games at Colby College.