SALEM, Mass. – Freshman Emily Boyle (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Ashley Leboeuf (Dracut, Mass.) each scored first half goals to lead the Salem State University Vikings to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Alumni Field.
The win is the first of the season for the Vikings who are now 1-2-1. Southern Maine, playing in its second consecutive road game, evens its record out a 2-2.
Boyle put the Vikings on the board early, converting a penalty kick in the 19th minute. The Vikings earned the penalty kick after a hand ball infraction was called against Southern Maine. Boyle converted her attempt in the upper right hand corner of the net for first goal of her intercollegiate career. Minutes later junior Keely Gallagher (Middleton, Mass.) found LeBoeuf for a 2-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
The Huskies cut their deficit to a goal in the second half when sophomore Madi Freeman (Steep Falls, Maine/Bonny Eagle) scored her first goal of the season in the 50th minute. Freeman connected on a long-range shot for the score, but USM could not muster an equalizer in the final 40 minutes of action.
Salem State had an 11-3 edge in shots (6-3 on goal), and had a 7-2 lead in corner kicks. Freshman Rebecca Sabino (Peabody, Mass.) made a pair of saves to earn the win for the Vikings. Junior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made four saves in the loss.
Southern Maine returns to action at home against Western Connecticut State University (12:00 p.m.) in Little East Conference action.