|Manhattanville||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Junior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) redirected a tipped ball out of the air in the 66th minute to score the game-winner as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Manhattanville College Valiants 1-0 in a non-conference field hockey game Sunday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the third straight for the Huskies who improve to 3-2 overall. Manhattanville saw its two-game win streak stopped and drops to 2-2 overall.
The Valiants dominated the play in the first half, outshooting USM 5-2 and holding a 7-1 lead in penalty corners, but were unable to break through for a goal. Huskies’ senior Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine) continued her strong play, making three of her five saves in the opening stanza. The Valiants asserted themselves early, earning three of their seven first-half penalty corners in the opening five minutes of the game. Manhattanville senior Bregje Smit (Bussum, Netherlands/Willen de Zwigger College) had an outstanding strike on goal in the second minute off of a penalty corner, but was thwarted by Kasbohm.
The play evened in the second half with USM outshooting the Valiants 6-3; however, Manhattanville still held an advantage in corners at 5-3. The Huskies began to apply the pressure in the final 15 minutes of the game, and nearly had a goal at the 63rd minute only to have Smit clear the ball off of the line for a defensive save. Minutes later, however, Smedberg scored her second goal of the season and the fourth game-winner of her career, when she struck the ball out of the air on a tipped pass from senior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood).
With just over four minutes to play in the game, Southern Maine maintained control of the ball and held for the win. Kasbohm finished with five saves to earn her first shutout of the season and sixth of her career. Manhattanville junior Kaitlin Halloran (Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East) made four saves in the loss.