The win is the third straight for the Owls who improve to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the Little East. KSC is tied with Eastern Connecticut for first place in the conference. Southern Maine suffers its third consecutive set back to stand at 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the Little East.
KSC scored four goals in the first half to quickly assume control of the game. Junior Taylor Farland (Fiskdale, Mass.) scored the first goal of the game in the 13th minute and was quickly followed by Laires in the 16th for a 2-0 KSC advantage. Farland finished the game with one goal and two assists. Farland assisted on the Owls' third goal of the half, finding junior Katie Silegy (Keene, N.H.) in the 23rd minute. Racking up a 13-4 advantage in shots in the first half, KSC made it a four-goal advantage in the 30th minute, when Norton scored an unassisted goal after a strong individual. Norton carried the ball down the right side of the field and then cut the ball towards the goal beating her defender and tucking the ball in to the far post for her first goal of the game and third of the season.
KSC continued to pressure the Huskies in the second half, but sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made several outstanding saves. Canastra, who finished with a career-high 15 saves, was aided by her goalposts on several occasions, but the KSC offense struck for three more goals in the second half. Laires made it 5-0 in the 72nd minute off of a corner kick from Farland, and Norton made it 6-0 in the 80th minute cleaning up the save deflection on a shot from junior Morgan Kathan (Ludlow, Vt./Black River). Kathan scored KSC's final goal in the 83rd on a through ball from Silegy, placing the ball around Canastra to the far post.
Southern Maine broke up the shut out in the final seconds of the game. Earning its only corner kick of the contest, the Huskies used the service of senior Analies Ross-Dyjak (Orono, Maine) to find sophomore Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) on the far post for the score.
KSC senior Danielle Warhall (Spofford, N.H./Keene) earned the win, playing 65:18 and making one save. Freshman Josie Holt (Acworth, N.H./Fall Mountain Regional) played the final 24:42, allowing one goal and making one save.
Southern Maine hosts Colby College on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game. Keene State is back in action on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) when it travels to Middlebury College.