Salem State Downs Southern Maine 4-0

Freshman goalkeeper Marissa Temple
Freshman goalkeeper Marissa Temple

            GORHAM, Maine – Freshman forward Kelly Birchmore (Swampscott, Mass.) scored two goals, and sophomore CeCelia Cresta-Devine (Saugus, Mass.) added a goal and two assists, as the Salem State University Vikings scored twice in each half to defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-0 in non-conference women's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The win was the second straight for the Vikings, and improved their overall mark to 4-2.  The Huskies dropped their fifth straight game to slide to 1-6.

            Birchmore controlled a through pass from Cresta-Devine and slid a low 12-yard shot past USM rookie goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) in the 19th minute for her fourth goal of the season.

            Junior Casey Connolly (Nahant, Mass.) made it 2-0 in the 30th minute converting a feed from Cresta-Devine.  The goal was the fourth of the season for Connolly.  The Vikings controlled play for much of the opening 45 minutes piling up an 8-1 advantage in shots and a 5-0 margin in corner kicks.

            Birchmore tallied her second goal of the match, and team-leading fifth of the season, in the opening minute of the second half.  Sophomore Katelyn Kirsh (Rockland, Mass.) picked up the assist.

            Cresta-Devine got her second goal of the campaign in the 63rd minute, assisted by sophomore Amy Griffith (Middleton, Mass.), to close out the scoring.

            Salem State freshman goalkeeper Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, Mass.) registered two saves to earn her first collegiate shutout.  Temple made five saves in the opening half before giving way to senior Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine).  Cobb, playing in her first game since the 2010 season, recorded four saves in the second half.

            Southern Maine will host Keene State College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match.  Salem State will travel to Framingham State University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) for a MASCAC match.