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Colby Downs Southern Maine 7-1

Taylor Canastra made a career-high 13 saves.
Taylor Canastra made a career-high 13 saves.

GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Hanna Brozdowski (Easton, Conn.) scored a pair of goals and senior Aliza Van Leesten (New Haven, Conn.) had a goal and two assists to lead the Colby College Mules to a 7-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.

Colby stops a three-game losing streak with its win over the Huskies, improving its record to 3-4 overall.  Southern Maine drops its fourth consecutive match to stand at 3-6 on the season. 

Van Leesten propelled the Mules to an early 1-0 lead with a perfectly placed cross to a wide open junior Laura Arnold (Dallas, Texas) just 75 seconds into the game.  Arnold took Van Leesten's service out of the air for a one-timer to the right side, earning her team-leading third goal of the season.

Brozdowski scored the Mules next two goals in the 19th and 23rd minute respectively to make in 3-0, before freshmen Nicola Katz (Brookline, Mass.) and Kara Wilson (Concord, Mass.) each added goals in the 23rd and 28th minute respectively to put Colby decisively ahead of USM 5-0 at the break. 

The Huskies struck first in the second half trimming its deficit to 5-1 in the 64th minute.  Sophomore Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) scored her second goal in as many games with a tremendous individual effort.  After receiving a through ball in the center of the field, Mull carried the ball towards goal pulling out Mule goalkeeper sophomore Samantha Rizzo (Swampscott, Mass.).  Rizzo made a great save on Mull's initial shot, but Mull remained alert and followed up off of the deflection.

The score remained 5-1 over the next minute before Colby put the game away with two goals in the 72nd and 75th minute.  Van Leesten notched her first goal of the season with a far post strike and sophomore Catherine Frazer (Long Lake, Minn.) headed in her first goal of the season off of another solid cross from Van Leesten for the final goal of the game.

Rizzo earned the win for Colby making one save. Sophomore Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made a career-high 13 saves in the loss as Colby outshot Southern Maine 24-4 for the game.

            Southern Maine returns to Little East Conference action on Saturday (7:00 pm) and will travel to UMass Boston.  Colby host Middlebury College on Saturday (11:00 a.m.) in a NESCAC game.

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