GORHAM, Maine – Junior Ciera Berthiaume (Windham, Maine) scored in the 103rd minute, recording her second consecutive game-winning goal, to propel the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 1-0 double overtime win over the Salem State University Vikings in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Southern Maine earned its fifth consecutive victory and is now 5-0. It is the first time in program history that the Huskies have started their season undefeated through five games. Salem State is 1-2 with the loss.
With nearly identical statistics, a few dinged crossbars and a timely one-on-one foot save from Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) both teams completed 90 full locked in a scoreless draw. At the end of regulation, Salem State had 14 shots, while Southern Maine had 13 – each with eight on target.
In the first overtime period, both teams recorded a shot on goal with Salem State earning three corner kicks to Southern Maine's none. But again neither the Vikings nor the Huskies could put one through for the game-winner. Set for another 10, Berthiaume was on the receiving end of a ball over the top of the defense from junior Olivia Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) setting her up with just one defender to beat. Berthiaume took one touch around her defender and then sent a bending shot with the outside of her foot to the top of the net to end the game.
The goal was Berthiaume's team-leading fifth of the season, and the 1-0 final marked the third win by shut out for the Huskies. Canastra made nine saves in the victory, while Salem State senior Amanda Backe (Danvers, Mass.) made eight saves.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (4:00 p.m.) in its Little East Conference opener at home.