USM Battles to a 2-2 Double Overtime Draw With Rhode Island College

Junior CC Pelletier Scored the Huskies' Equalizer in the 73rd Minute
Junior CC Pelletier Scored the Huskies' Equalizer in the 73rd Minute
            PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – Junior CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic) scored her third goal of the season in the 73rd minute to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies overcome a 2-1 late-in-the-game deficit and salvage a draw with the Rhode Island College Anchormen in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at RIC Soccer Field.

            The draw halts a nine-game losing streak for the Huskies who stand at 2-13-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the Little East.  Rhode Island College is now 2-12-1 and 0-5-1 in the conference.

            RIC took an early 1-0 lead scoring just 1:34 into the game when sophomore Angela Ragosta (Greenville, R.I./Smithfield) took advantage of a USM turnover and chipped in an unassisted goal over the top of Southern Maine junior goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.). 

            Southern Maine responded however scoring its first equalizing goal in the 20th minute.  Senior Amy Jose (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) beat RIC senior goalkeeper Justina Thoma (Canterbury, Conn./Woodstock Academy) for her first goal of the season after running onto a ball down the left side of the field following a pass from sophomore Analies Ross-Dyjak (Orono, Maine). 

            Six minutes later, however, the Huskies again trailed the Anchormen as freshman Carolyn Hill (Douglas, Mass.) put her team ahead 2-1.  RIC sophomore midfielder Jaclyn Greenman (Waterford, Conn./) sent in the service off of a corner kick, finding senior Sam Nolte (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) in the box.  Nolte then slipped a pass to Hill for her first intercollegiate goal.

            RIC had several strong opportunities on goal in the second half, but Temple turned in a strong performance to keep her team in the game before Pelletier's equalizer in the 73rd minute off of a feed from Jose. USM nearly had the game-winner as senior Mariah Cropley (Topsham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) broke all alone in the box, but was turned away by Thoma.

            Neither team registered a shot on goal in the first overtime period.  The Huskies had two shots on goal in the second overtime, but Thoma made both saves to keep the draw alive. Thoma made 10 saves for RIC, while Temple also turned back 10 shots. 

            Southern Maine faces Saint Joseph's (Maine) at home on Monday (3:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game.  Rhode Island College travels to Lasell College for its next contest on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.).