GORHAM, Maine – Senior Kelly Wallace (South Windsor, Conn.) had three assists to help the visiting Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies, 4-1, in a Little East Conference women's soccer match Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win snapped a three-match winless stretch (0-2-1) for the Warriors, and improved their record to 7-6-2 overall and 5-1-0 in conference play. The Huskies dropped their fourth straight match to slide to 2-13-0 overall and 1-5-0 in LEC matches.
Wallace had a hand in the first three Warrior goals. She set up senior Chelsea Downer (Colchester, Conn./Bacon Academy) in the 15th minute for a 1-0 Warrior lead. The goal was Downer's eighth of the campaign. In the 33rd minute, Wallace and junior Tamar Merheb (Bethel, Conn.) combined to set up senior Daniela Marchitto (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) for what proved to be the game-winning goal and a 2-1 Warrior advantage. The marker was Marchitto's eighth of the season.
In the second half, Wallace's corner kick in the 59th minute was right on target to Merheb who headed the ball back across goal into the top right corner for her second goal of the season.
Freshman Brianna Curcio (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) netted the Warriors' final goal in 68th minute netting a set-up from sophomore Whitney Mantel (Stamford, Conn./Westhill).
Southern Maine sophomore Mariah Cropley (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) scored the lone goal for the home side knocking in a corner kick taken by freshman Brooke Lawrence (Lisbon Falls, Maine/Lisbon). The marker was the first of the season for Cropley.
Senior Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield, Conn./Litchfield) and sophomore Rachel Skelton (East Lyme, Conn.) split the goalkeeping duties for the Warriors. MacLeod did not record a save before giving way to Skelton midway through the first half. Skelton had one save and received credit for the win. Senior Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) made five stops for the Huskies.
Eastern Connecticut had a 19-3 advantage in shots and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks during the match.
Prior to the match, Southern Maine honored its six seniors: Cobb, Stefanie Stockwell (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle), Cathy Wise (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cheverus), Cara Radino (Franklin, N.J./Wallkill Valley), Caitlin Caldwell (Gorham, Maine) and Cassie Lyons (South Portland, Maine).
Both sides will play their final regular season home match in their next outing. Southern Maine hosts in-state rival Saint Joseph's College in non-conference action on Thursday (3:00 p.m.). Eastern Connecticut will play Manhattanville College under the lights on Wednesday (6:00 p.m.).