Miele Hat Trick Leads Framingham State Past Southern Maine 4-1
GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Marissa Miele (Hudson, Mass.) scored three goals as the visiting Framingham State University Rams defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 4-1 in non-conference women's soccer action Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win was the second straight for the Rams, and improved their overall record to 8-5-2. The Huskies fell to 3-11-0 overall.
Miele scored the first three goals for the Rams, and rookie Megan White (Charlton, Mass./Holy Name) added an insurance marker. Senior goalkeeper Sara Sullivan (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) had three saves in 75 minutes before giving way to freshman Jennifer Stevens (Hopkinton, Mass.). Stevens made one stop over the final 15 minutes.
The visitors took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute as Miele deposited a right-wing cross from classmate Brini Varetimos (North Attleboro, Mass.) past Temple from six yards out. The goal was Miele's fourth of the season.
Miele doubled the advantage in the 27th minute with a well-placed shot from the right side into the far side of the net for her fifth goal.
Southern Maine got on the board in the 51st minute after a miscue in the back by Framingham State. Preble outraced an FSU defender and Sullivan to the misplayed ball and directed a low shot into the open net from 15 yards out.
Looking for an insurance marker, the Rams scored two less than four minutes apart to put the decision to bed. Miele ran onto a ball play over the top by junior Angela Pallotta (Sterling, Mass./Clinton) and hit a hard shot past Temple in the 70th minute. White added her fifth goal of the season in the 73rd minute with a long ball from the right-wing side that eluded Temple.
Framingham State rolled up an 18-6 advantage in shots (11-5 on goal) and had a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Southern Maine returns to the pitch on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) for a Little East Conference home match against Western Connecticut State University. Framingham State hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a MASCAC match on Saturday (11:00 a.m.).