STANDISH, Maine – Junior Analies Ross-Dyjak (Orono, Maine) scored in the sixth minute and senior goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) made six saves to make it stand as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the St. Joseph's College (Maine) Monks 1-0 in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday afternoon.
With the win, Southern Maine halts a two-game slide and bounces back to .500 on the season to stand at 3-3. St. Joseph's sees its two-game winning streak come to an end and drops to 3-5 on the season.
Ross-Dyjak's goal came on the second shot of the game to quickly put the Huskies up a goal over their in-state rivals. Ross-Dyjak converted the feed from freshman Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./Manchester Central) to earn her first collegiate goal and first game-winning goal. Ross-Dyjack's early goal proved to be pivotal as both squads were limited in scoring opportunities with the Monks holding a 13-8 edge in shots for the game.
Temple made sure to take advantage of Ross-Dyjak's tally and earned her third shutout of the season to backstop the Huskies to victory. Temple made four saves in the first half and turned back two more Monk attempts in the second. Equaling her career high of three shutouts set in 2014, Temple now has six shutouts in her career. Monk starter sophomore Brooke Troup (East Bridgewater, Mass.) took the loss allowing one goal and making a pair of saves in 45 minutes of action. Senior Michelle Cunha (Enfield, Conn./Enrico Fermi) started the second half for St. Joseph's making a pair of saves.
Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) hosting UMass Boston. St. Joseph's hosts St. Joseph's (Conn.) on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) in a GNAC contest.