STANDISH, Maine — Saint Joseph’s (1-0) kicked off the 2012 campaign with a convincing 6-0 victory over Thomas College (0-3) at Westerlea Way Field on Thursday afternoon. Senior Katherine Chambers (Hampden, Maine) netted her first collegiate hat trick, with sophomore Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) recording an assist on all three goals, in the triumph.
The SJC women’s program reached an impressive milestone in the win, as a goal scored by sophomore Danielle Daigle (Dayton, Maine) in the 20th minute was the 1,000th goal in program history. Through today’s match, 127 different St. Joe’s players have combined to score 1,003 goals in 442 games in just over 24 seasons.
The match between the former conference foes was lopsided from the start as the Chambers-Jordon combo worked together to score twice in the first 19 minutes and Daigle made it a 3-0 game when she scored off a Jessica Capozzi (Saugus, Mass.) feed at the 19:22 mark.
The 3-0 cushion carried for the remainder of the first half, a 45-minute span during which the Monks held a 15-0 advantage in shots. The offensive onslaught continued in the second stanza, as Chambers completed the three-goal performance off a Jordan feed at the 55:57 mark and sophomore Catherine Murch (West Baldwin, Maine) drilled her first marker of the year with a blast from the 20 to the top right corner just under 10 minutes later.
With her helper on Chambers’ third goal of the afternoon, Jordan became the first player in program history to notch three assists in a game.
Sophomore Sam Peters (Gorham, Maine) capped the game scoring with her first NCAA goal in the 74th minute of play. Senior Jennifer Keaney (Scituate, Mass.) was credited with an assist on the play.
Overall, the Monks held a 30-1 lead in shots and a 4-0 cushion in corner kicks in the season-opening triumph. Thomas junior netminder Kate Thibodeau (Woolrich, Maine) made 15 saves in a losing effort, while St. Joe’s junior keeper Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) was asked to make one save en route to registering her 11th career shutout.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 32-6 in the history of the series with Thomas College and the Monks have extended their winning streak versus the Terriers to 17 games. The string of wins dates back to the 1998 campaign and counts as the second-longest streak in program history, ranking only behind a 28-game run over Husson University that spanned 14 seasons (1988-2001).
Bowdoin 4, USM 0
GORHAM, Maine — The Bowdoin College Polar Bears exploded for four goals in the second half to take a 4-0 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women’s soccer match Thursday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The match was the season opener for the Polar Bears. The Huskies slip to 1-2 on the season.
After a scoreless opening 45 minutes that saw the Polar Bears outshooting the Huskies 7-0, rookie Jamie Hofstetter (Chester, N.J.) finished off a play in the box to give the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the second half. Junior Molly Popolizio (Rexford, N.Y.) and sophomore Alexa Yurick (New York, N.Y.) picked up the assists.
First-year forward Kiersten Turner (Gorham, Maine) made it 2-0 in the 59th minute after receiving a pass from Popolizio, taking a couple of touches and beating charging USM rookie goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) from 12 yards out with a low shot inside the right post.
Sophomore Amanda Kinneston (Shelburne, Vt.) and senior Casey Blossom(Concord, N.H.) added unassisted goals in the 67th and 80th minutes, respectively. Both goals came on second chance attempts after Temple had made the initial stop.
Junior Louise Johnson (New York, N.Y.) and rookie Bridget McCarthy(Hopkinton, Mass.) split the goalkeeping chores for Bowdoin. Neither was forced to record a save. Temple finished the match registering nine saves.
Bowdoin piled up a 20-1 advantage in shots and a 5-3 edge in corner kicks during the match.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) with the first of three straight road games at Framingham State University. Bowdoin opens its NESCAC slate of games hosting Wesleyan University on Saturday (12 p.m.).
Thomas 2, St. Joseph’s 2 (2OT)
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Thomas College men’s soccer team battled to a 2-2 double overtime tie on Thursday evening in a non-conference showdown against Saint Joseph’s College. Michael Hand (Essex, England) continued his impressive start to the season with two goals in the match.
Saint Joe’s started the scoring affair when Jack LaFreniere (Alton, N.H.) picked the ball up at the top of the crease on a Thomas turn over and dribbled it in beating Mikkail Crockwell (St. David’s, Bermuda) to the right side for a goal. The Monks would strike again with a cross in front of the net by Lafreniere that Alex Day (Portland, Maine) got a foot on and buried it in the back of the net.
Thomas would respond in the 27th minute, as the Terriers were picking up the offensive pressure. Sebastion Wiiala (Varmdo, Sweden) had two opportunities in the box that SJC keeper Scott Benner (Post Falls, Idaho) saved, but a handball was called on the Monks, and Hand was able to strike for a PK goal to bring the game to 2-1 going into half.
Just six minutes into the second half, Hand got a feed from Dakota Duplisse (Hampden, Maine) that he was able to take advantage of, scoring his second goal of the contest.
The Terriers had an opportunity to seal the victory in the 88th minute, as Joshua Phelps (Maroochydor, Australia) was awarded a penalty shot, but was saved by Benner. The chance came again in the first half of overtime in the 96th minute, as Khamisi Lightbourne (Sandy’s, Bermuda) got a PK shot, but was sailed over the crossbar.
Crockwell recorded seven saves in the draw, and Benner recorded 14 in his second career NCAA start for Saint Joe’s.
This is the second consecutive game that Thomas and Saint Joe’s have played into double overtime. The last game in Standish, SJC pulled away with a 2-1 victory.
Gordon 4, USM 3 (OT)
WENHAM, Mass. — Sophomore Karli Balmer (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock Mennonite) capped off her hat trick with the game-winning goal in overtime to lead the Gordon College Fighting Scots to a 4-3 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference field hockey game Thursday afternoon.
With the win, the Fighting Scots snap a two-game slide to improve to 1-2. The loss is the first of the season for the Huskies who are now 2-1.
Balmer was the engine for the Fighting Scots as they overcame a two-goal deficit (3-1) to secure their first win of the season. Trailing USM 2-0 at the half, Balmer scored Gordon’s first goal of the game in the 41st minute on a penalty stroke. The Huskies answered in the 46th minute as freshman Michaela George (Pittsfield, Maine/Maine Central Institute) scored her team leading fifth goal of the season following an assist from junior Rebecca Pratt (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan) for a 3-1 lead.
The Scots continued to press and again pulled to within one goal in the 62nd minute as senior Melinda Fowler (Winslow, Maine) rocketed in her first goal of the season. The game seemed in hand for the Huskies as regulation drew near a close before the Fighting Scots were awarded one of their 16 penalty corners in the game. With no time remaining in regulation, Balmer converted an assist from sophomore Gayle Watson (Harare, Zimbabwe/Arundel) on the Fighting Scots final play to force overtime.
In the overtime period, Balmer took just three minutes to seal the Huskies’ fate and snag the win for Gordon converting her second penalty stroke of the contest for the 4-3 final.
Junior Ariel Kaplan (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) and senior captain Rachel Trafton (Corinth, Maine/Central) score the Huskies’ first two goals of the game to join George in the scoring column. Southern Maine sophomore goalkeeper Lindsey Fortin (Berwick, Maine/Noble) made 12 saves in the loss. Gordon junior goalkeeper Anna Bury (Huntingtown, Md./The Calverton School) made 12 saves for the win.
Southern Maine hosts Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday (1 p.m. ) in a Little East Conference game. Gordon College hosts New England College on Saturday (12 p.m.) in a non-conference game.