WATERVILLE, Maine – Junior Katherine Hunziker (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) had a goal and an assist as five different players scored to lead the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 5-0 win over the Thomas College Terriers in a non-conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.
Winners in two of its first three games of the season, Southern Maine stands at 2-1 on the season. Thomas evens its record to 2-2 with the loss.
Southern Maine took control of the game early scoring in the 11th minute and then scoring three more times before the half to take an overwhelming 4-0 lead over the Terriers. Freshman Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central) earned the eventual game-winner scoring USM's first goal of the game. Michaud fired in her first intercollegiate goal to the right side of the netting off of a feed from senior CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic). Hunziker doubled the USM advantage in the 17th minute on an assist from sophomore Dayna Staffiere (Merrimack, N.H.) and was quickly followed by an unassisted strike from junior Hana McNally (Edgewater Park, N.J./Holy Cross) on a set piece, swelling the Huskies' lead to 3-0 in the 20th. The scoring cooled for the Huskies until the 39th minute when Hunziker fed freshman Kara Sampsell (Bennington, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) for the Huskies' fourth goal of the half.
In the second half, the Huskies took five minutes to score their fifth and final goal of the game when sophomore Ariana Davidson (Windham, Maine) headed in a corner from classmate Emma Dennison (South Portland, Maine). Davidson's goal is the first of her career.
Huskies senior Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) stopped all four shots on goal to earn her second shut out of the season and fifth of her career. Thomas College starter junior Paige Leary (Palermo, Maine/Erskine Academy) took the loss making seven saves and allowing four goals in 45 minutes. Sophomore Ashley Gooden (Lancaster, N.H./White Mountains Regional) played the second half allowing one goal and making four saves in 45 minutes.
Southern Maine travels to Salem State on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) for a non-conference game. Thomas College returns to action on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game against cross-town rival Colby College.