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Southern Maine Blanks Rhode Island College 2-0 on Senior Day

Junior Kelly Burrell (white jersey) scored USM's second goal by converting a penalty kick against Rhode Island College.
Junior Kelly Burrell (white jersey) scored USM's second goal by converting a penalty kick against Rhode Island College.

Southern Maine Blanks R.I. College 2-0

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior goalkeeper Katie Cobb (Lewiston, Maine) recorded six saves and the University of Southern Maine women's soccer team scored once in each half to shut out visiting Rhode Island College 2-0 in Little East Conference action Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Hannaford Field.

            The win snapped a seven-game winless (0-6-1) stretch for the Huskies, and improved their record to 5-11-1 overall and 2-4-0 in conference play.  The Anchorwomen, winners in their previous two matches, slip to 5-9-1 overall and 1-5-0 in LEC games.

            Cobb had two saves in the opening 45 minutes, and made four more in the second half to register her third clean sheet of the season.

            Southern Maine broke through to get on the scoreboard in the 38th minute as junior back Mariah Cropley (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) booted home a loose ball following a corner kick.  Junior Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) played the corner into the box where it bounced off several players before coming to Cropley stationed near the back post and she delivered the shot for her first goal of the season.

            The Huskies got an insurance marker in the 73rd minute as Burrell converted a penalty kick.  The Huskies were awarded the penalty kick when a player was fouled inside the 18-yard area during a set piece.

            RIC junior goalkeeper Audrey Maia (Norton, Mass.) made five saves in a losing effort.  The Anchorwomen finished the match with an 18-15 edge in shots while the Huskies had a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks.

            Southern Maine travels to in-state rival Saint Joseph's College on Wednesday (3:00 p.m.) for a non-conference match.  Rhode Island College host Lasell College on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) for its next game.

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