GORHAM, Maine – Senior Analies Ross-Dyjak (Orono, Maine) scored a goal and added an assist as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the University of Maine at Farmington Beavers 4-1 in a non-conference women's soccer game Wednesday evening at Mt. Blue High School.
Having played all three of their season-opening games on the road, Southern Maine improves to 2-1 early in 2016. UMaine Farmington remains winless at 0-2.
The Huskies raced out to a 3-0lead before the first five minutes of the game had ticked off the clock to set the stage for the win. Southern Maine sophomore Ally Little (Stoneham, Mass.) notched her second goal of the season just 47 seconds into the match to stake the Huskies an early 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later junior Jessica Preble (Milo, Maine/Penquis Valley) doubled USM's lead just 2:39 into the game. Ross-Dyjack made it 3-0 with 4:45 off of the game clock.
Scoring took a break for the next 30 minutes before the Beavers got on the board with an unassisted goal in the 36th minute from junior Hadlee Yescott (Scarborough, Maine). Despite being outshot 14-10 ( in the first half, Southern Maine took its 3-1 lead into the break as sophomore Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made four of her 10 saves in the half.
UMF continued to pressure in the second half, again outshooting the Huskies' 15-4 for the half, but Southern Maine made its chances count registering the final goal of the game in the 53rd minute for the 4-1 final. Junior Dayna Staffiere (Merrimack, N.H.) scored her first goal of the season after connecting with Ross-Dyjack for the assist.
Canastra earned the win making 10 saves, including six in the second half. Through three games this season, Canastra has a solid 1.00 goals against averaged and an 84.2 save percentage. UMF finished with a 29-14 edge in shots, but shots on goal were much even with the Beaver holding an 11-7 advantage. UMF freshman Mikayla Cameron (Monmouth, Maine) made three saves in the loss.
Southern Maine remains on the road for its next contest and will travel to Bates College on Sunday (12:00 p.m.). UMaine Farmington travels to Emerson College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) for its next game.