GORHAM, Maine -- Junior Margaret Palmer (Scarborough, Maine) had two goals and assisted on a third to lead the University of New England Nor'easters to a 3-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference women's soccer match at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Nor'easters who improved to 8-5-1 overall. The Huskies, winless (0-4-1) in their last five matches, slipped to 4-9-1 overall.
Palmer got on the end of free kick taken from the right wing by junior Lindsey Monaco (Holyoke, Mass.) to loop the ball back over USM senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) for a 1-0 Nor'easters lead in the seventh minute of play.
Cobb made a great save on Palmer's drive in the 28th minute, but junior Kaitlyn Hall (Dayton, Maine/Thornton Academy) was able to knock in the rebound. The Nor'easters maintained their two-goal advantage into the half-time break, outshooting the Huskies 14-1 in the opening 45 minutes.
UNE added to its lead in the 57th minute as Palmer slotted home a pass from the left side by freshman Taylor Littlefield (Sanford, Maine) for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Southern Maine finally broke through in the 61st minute. Senior Jordan Grant (Concord, N.H.) carried the ball to the end line and crossed it to the top of the six-yard box where sophomore CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic) placed her shot past UNE rookie goalkeeper Brielle Robinson (Monson, Maine/Wilbraham & Monson) for her first marker of the year.
UNE finished the match with a decided edge in shots (29-8) and took all four corner kicks. Robinson recorded three saves to improve her record to 5-1 on the season. Cobb made a season-high 13 saves.
Southern Maine is back in action at Hannaford Field on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) when it hosts Western Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference match. UNE hosts Roger Williams University in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match on Saturday (3:30 p.m.).