GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Alexandria Allain (Carmel, Maine/Hermon) scored in the eighth minute and the Huskies' defense held strong as the University of Southern Maine defeated the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 1-0 in a Little East Conference women's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the fourth consecutive for the Huskies who are now 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the Little East. The Corsairs fall to 5-6-5 overall and 2-2-3 in the LEC with the loss. It is the first time since the 2005 season (4-3-0) that Southern Maine has reach the four-win mark in conference games.
Allain scored her sixth goal of the season, and first game-winning goal of her career, when she received a perfectly placed square ball into the box from junior Emma Cost (Waterboro, Maine/Massabesic). Huskies' junior Emily Bragg (Gorham, Maine) won the ball in USM's defense third and played it forward to Cost. Cost battled along the USM sideline and then found Allain on a well-time run into the box. Allain had just one player to beat on the pass and slotted the goal to the near post.
Southern Maine controlled possession for most of the game, and outshot the Corsairs 9-2 in the game. The Corsairs did not register their first shot of the game until the second half. USM also had a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks. Corsair sophomore goalkeeper (West Springfield, Mass.) played well in goal making four saves and several solid defensive reads. USM senior Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made two saves to earn her seventh shutout of the season. She is now tied for third in single-season shutouts. With 11 shutouts in her career, Canastra is fourth in career records.
Southern Maine hosts Maine Maritime Academy in a non-conference game on Tuesday (3:30 p.m.).