Southern Maine Rallies to Tie UMaine Farmington 2-2

Junior Kelly Burrell scored the game-tying goal late in regulation to give USM a 2-2 overtime draw with UMaine Farmington.
Junior Kelly Burrell scored the game-tying goal late in regulation to give USM a 2-2 overtime draw with UMaine Farmington.

            GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) scored the tying goal with 1:38 remaining in regulation to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 2-2, double-overtime draw with the visiting University of Maine at Farmington Beavers in a non-conference women's soccer match Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The draw was the Huskies first since October 26, 2011, and leaves them with a 4-7-1 overall mark.  The Beavers are now 5-5-2 overall.

            With time winding down and the Huskies pressing the offense, Burrell received a throw in from classmate Becca Tanous (Peaks Island, Maine/McAuley) at the top left corner of the 18-yard box, took one touch to settle the ball and fired a shot inside the right post for the equalizing goal.

            Both sides had opportunities in the two overtime periods, but neither could find the net.  USM had an apparent game winner called back late in the second OT on a handball violation.

            UMaine Farmington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 45 minutes.  Junior Ava Amador (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) took a short through ball from rookie Bridget Humphrey (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) and beat USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) from about 10 yards out in the 10th minute.

            Southern Maine had a golden opportunity go for naught in the 18th minute when senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) rocketed a shot off the underside of the crossbar before coming back into the field of play.

            Senior Kayla Tuttle (Waterville, Maine) made it 2-0 for the visitors in the 29th minute beating Cobb from 15 yards out after taking a pass from Amador.

            After the halftime break, USM got on the board in the 54th minute as Grant dribbled across the top of the penalty area before putting a right-footed shot back to the left post past UMF senior keeper Beth Lebel (Lewiston, Maine) for her team-leading seventh goal of the season.

            Cobb finished the match making nine saves, including four during the two extra periods.  Lebel recorded eight stops, including five in the second half when USM outshot UMF 14-1.  USM finished the game with a 19-16 advantage in shots and a 10-8 edge in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine hits the road on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference match at Eastern Connecticut State University.  UMaine Farmington will host the University of Maine at Machias in a non-conference game on Sunday (12:00 p.m.). 

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