GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Amy Jose's (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) goal in the 76th minute proved decisive as the University of Southern Maine Huskies shut out the visiting Plymouth State University Panthers 1-0 in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The victory snapped the Huskies' eight-match losing skid, and improved their record to 2-9-0 overall and 1-3-0 in LEC play. The Panthers dropped their third straight match to slide to 2-9-0 overall and remain winless in conference play.
With each side searching for a goal, the Huskies got a lift when sophomore Shannon Brozyna (Orrington, Maine/Bangor) entered the match. On a counter attack, Brozyna made a strong run down the side and fired an eight-yard shot that was tipped up onto the crossbar. The rebound bounced out to Jose who calmly headed the ball into the net for her first goal of the season.
The Huskies defended the lead over the final 14 minutes, but not without some anxious moments. PSU had a serve into the box from the left side created some confusion in the USM defense. The ball squirted loose after a collision among three players, including USM goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine), and appeared headed inside the left post, but USM senior back Cara Radino (Franklin, N.J./Walkill Valley) was able to clear the ball away.
Junior Cassie Graham (Foster, R.I./Ponagansett) would get a threatening 1 v 1 situation against Cobb, but the senior keeper was able to stuff any shot attempt.
Jose had another opportunity for an insurance goal when she found her way around a PSU defender to track down a ball, but PSU senior goalkeeper Chelsea Duval (Dover, N.H.) came off her line to thwart Jose's bid.
Cobb made four saves to earn her first shutout of the campaign. Duval recorded five stops. Southern Maine held an 11-8 advantage in shots and a 6-3 margin in corner kicks.
Southern Maine is back in action on Wednesday (3:30 p.m.) when it hosts Colby College in a non-conference match. Plymouth State will play its fourth straight road game on Tuesday traveling to Gordon College for a non-conference match.