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Southern Maine and Salem State Compete to Scoreless Draw

Junior Marissa Temple makes one of her 16 saves against Salem State in a 0-0 double overtime draw.
Junior Marissa Temple makes one of her 16 saves against Salem State in a 0-0 double overtime draw.
            GORHAM, Maine – Junior Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) made 16 saves to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a scoreless draw with the Salem State University Vikings in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

            The draw is the first of the season for the Huskies who stand at 2-4-1 heading into Little East Conference action on Saturday.  Salem State is now 2-1-2.

            Temple's 16 saves, two shy of her season and career high of 18 saves, kept the sheet clean for the Huskies, halting a two-game losing streak. With the Vikings holding a 24-6 edge in shots, Temple was kept active making five saves in the first period and seven in the second. Temple made four saves in overtime period, including tipping a near-goal up and over the crossbar.  The Huskies' backstop also controlled her space effectively cancelling out the Vikings' 10-2 advantage in corner kicks.

            Salem State had two near-misses in regulation as shots from junior Amy Griffith (Middleton, Mass./MASCO Regional) and sophomore Allison Celia (Hopkinton, Mass.) each hit the post at 47:18 and 53:15 respectively.  The Huskies also had a near-goal late in the second half as sophomore Analies Ross-Dyjak's (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) blast from right corner of the 18 was tipped away from the frame by Salem State junior goalkeeper Rachel Ledbetter (Dracut, Mass.) at 77:40.  Ledbetter finished the game with four saves.

            Southern Maine returns to action on the road at UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in its first Little East Conference match.  Salem State hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Saturday (2:30 p.m.) in a MASCAC game. 

 

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