|UMass Dartmouth||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Tayla Smedberg (Oxford, Maine/Oxford Hills) and sophomore Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) each scored a goal and the University of Southern Maine Huskies held off a surging UMass Dartmouth Corsiars team for a 2-1 win in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Southern Maine snapped a two-game losing streak to improve to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the Little East Conference. The loss drops to UMass Dartmouth to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference. It is the second consecutive loss for the Corsairs.
Redman scored her second goal of the season and the first of the game in the 12th minute to put Southern Maine up early over the Corsairs 1-0. Redman turned in a terrific hustle play extending her body to get a stick on the ball to deflect a pass from Smedberg. Despite the early goal, the half was played evenly between the two teams with USM having a 4-2 advantage in shots.
Heading in the second half up 1-0, Smedberg quickly doubled the Husky advantage recording her third goal of the season in the 42nd minute. Smedberg redirected in a pass from senior Kaitlin Hilton (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) for the game-winner.
The Corsairs pushed back, however, rallying to cut their disadvantage to a single goal. Coming off of one of its seven penalty corners in the game, senior Haley Donahay (Cranston, R.I./Pilgrim) made an outstanding play to redirect a driven ball from classmate Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) . After the Donahay goal, the Corsairs increased their pressure searching for an equalizer, but the Huskies were able to hold off the charge for the win.
Freshman goalkeeper Anna Huff (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) earned the win making three saves. She was assisted by junior Dorina Sirios (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) who made several big defensive plays and a defensive save late in the game. UMD senior goalkeeper Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made one save in the loss.