|University of Southern Maine||Thomas College|
Pushard and Martell Lead Thomas Over Southern Maine 2-1
GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Kianna Pushard (Manchester, Maine/Maranacook) and senior Gabby Martell (Gorham, Maine) each scored a goal to erase a one-goal deficit and lead the Thomas College Terriers to a 2-1 season-opening win at Hannaford Field in Gorham.
The win is the first for the Terriers in the three-game series between the two schools, and avenged a 2-1 loss to USM suffered in their home-opener last season. Southern Maine begins its 2016 campaign at 0-1.
Southern Maine scored the first goal of the game late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Kaylie Andrews (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) notched her first goal of the season on a quick centering pass from senior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) to put the Huskies up over the Terriers in the 26th minute. Pushard wasted little time netting the equalizer making the game one all before half in the 29th minute. Pushard her first goal of the season on a laser of a shot, through traffic, from the top of the circle.
Thomas opened the second half with a steady stream of pressure before scoring the go-ahead goal just under seven minutes into the stanza. Off of one of five penalty corners on the day for the Terriers, sophomore Tiffany Weeks (Kennebunk, Maine) received the ball at the top of the circle before adeptly pushing the ball off to her right finding Martell for the game-winner in the 42nd minute.
The Huskies applied pressure in the final 15 minutes of the game, with Andrews coming up with several chances, but Terrier goalkeeper senior Abbie Charrier (Waldo, Maine/Mt. View) was up to the task making nine saves to earn the win. Southern Maine senior Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine) played a strong game in net for the Huskies making eight saves.
— Submitted by USM Athletics