|Salem State||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Nathan Russell (Beverly, Mass.) finished a cross from freshman Ryan Smith (Shelton, Conn.) in the 51st minute to start a three-goal second half as the Salem State University Vikings earned a 3-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men’s soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Snapping a three-game losing streak, Salem State improves to 4-8-3 on the season. Southern Maine drops to 1-12-3 with the loss.
Russell finished the service Smith to score his second goal of the season and his first game-winner of 2016. Ten minutes later, Salem State doubled its advantage when freshman Lance Francois was able to deflect a pass from a Huskies’ defender for his third goal of the season. Freshman Vageli Andrias topped out the Vikings’ scoring in the 88th minute on a feed from classmate Joshua Osawe.
Salem State goalkeeper Gus Savage made four saves to earn the shutout for the Vikings. Southern Maine sophomore Simon Hulbert made four saves in the loss.