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Grant Leads Southern Maine Past Thomas 3-1

Junior Kelly Burrell controls the ball against Thomas.  Burrell picked up an assist on the game-winning goal scored by senior Jordan Grant.
Junior Kelly Burrell controls the ball against Thomas. Burrell picked up an assist on the game-winning goal scored by senior Jordan Grant.

            WATERVILLE, Maine -- Senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) scored two goals and had an assist Friday afternoon to pace the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 3-1 victory over the host Thomas College Terriers at Black Field in the opening day of play in the Thomas College Invitational.

            The victory lifts the Huskies to 2-1 on the season.  The winless Terriers dropped their third straight game.

            Grant put the Huskies on top in the second minute of play netting her second goal of the campaign.  Grant beat a Thomas defender on the right side and put a shot just inside the far post past senior goalkeeper Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, Maine/Morse).

            The Terriers got an equalizing goal from sophomore Bronte Howorth (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) in the 31st minute off an assist from classmate Kajsa Kaufeldt (Uppsala, Sweden).  Howorth beat USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) with a high shot to the left side.

            Just over six minutes later, Grant gave the Huskies the lead for good with her second marker of the match converting a feed from junior Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely).  USM piled up a 12-4 advantage in shots over the opening 45 minutes.

            The teams played deep into the second half before USM got an insurance goal from junior Emily Staples (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area).  Staples slotted home the rebound of Grant's shot in the 87th minute for her first career goal.

            Cobb finished the match with four saves to earn her second win of the season.  Thibodeau kept the Terriers in the match making nine of her 12 saves in the second half.  The Huskies finished the game with a 26-6 advantage in shots and had all five corner kicks.

            Southern Maine will take on Maine Maritime Academy in the second day of play in the tournament on Saturday (3:00 p.m.).  Thomas will open Saturday's play taking on the University of Maine Presque Isle.

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