SALEM, Mass. -- Sophomore Kelly Birchmore (Swampscott, Mass.) scored the only goal of the match in the 66th minute to give the host Salem State University Vikings a 1-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday night at Alumni Field.
Birchmore converted a feed from junior Cecelia Cresta-Devin (Saugus, Mass.) into her first marker of the season to provide the Vikings with the winning margin.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, Mass.) and the Viking defense protected the lead over the final 24 minutes. Ledbetter finished the match making five saves to earn her first shutout of the season.
USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) had two saves. USM held a 7-5 edge in shots during the defensive-minded match. Each side had two corner kicks.
The win was the first of the season for the Vikings (1-2-1) and snapped a three-match winless string. The Huskies (3-4) dropped their third straight decision.
Southern Maine opens its Little East Conference schedule on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) hosting the University of Massachusetts Boston. Salem State begins its MASCAC slate traveling to Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).