February 24, 2019
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USM College field hockey 6 vs Salem State 0

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GORHAM, Maine  –  Five different players scored a goal, highlighted by a pair of goals from senior Kaylie Andrews (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy), and junior Brooke Dugan (Thomaston, Maine/Oceanside passed off three assists as the University of Southern Maine Huskies shut out the Salem State University Vikings 6-0 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Tuesdayafternoon at Hannaford Field.

The win is the second straight and the third in the last four games for the Huskies who improve to 3-4 overall and 2-1 in the Little East Conference.  Salem State remains winless in conference action at 0-3, and is 1-6 overall.

Earning its second consecutive win by shut out, Southern Maine raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first half taking control of the game early.  Senior Lindsay Jackson (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) spotted the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on the first of three Dugan assists.

Freshman Olivia Brown (Palmyra, Maine/Nokomis) doubled USM’s lead in the 27th minute with a tremendous display of ball control, receiving a long pass from Jackson and then making a quick one-on-one move to score her second goal of the season.  Junior Kerigan Demers (Westbrook, Maine) made it 3-0 just before the half in the 34th minute, taking a centering pass from Dugan before sending a blistering shot to the far post.

Up 3-0, USM wasted little time in the second half increasing its advantage as senior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) pounced on a loose ball in the circle, creating space for a shot and a goal in the 40th minute.  Andrews score the final two goals of the game in the 63rd and 66th minute.  Andrews first shot came off a penalty corner and a pass from Dugan at the top of the circle, while her second goal of the game was a strong individual effort and long range shot through traffic.

Southern Maine outshot Salem State by a commanding 27-1 margin and held a 14-2 lead in penalty corners.  Freshmen McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) and Anna Huff (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) split time in net, with Huff recording the lone save in the second half.  Sophomore goalkeeper Gabriella Cerro (Beverly, Mass.) turned in a strong performance for the Vikings making 14 saves in 59:27 of action.  Sophomore Victoria Kako (Salem, Mass.) played the final 10:33 making a pair of saves.  Senior Julia Klien (Liverpool, N.Y.) made a defensive save for SSU.

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