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USM Huskies vs. Salem State Vikings Game Review

Posted on November 12, 2016 in Uncategorized
By USM Free Press

By Katie Harris, Free Press staff

Gorham, Maine The USM’s women’s soccer team kicked off its season at home at Hannaford Field on Wednesday afternoon, and won against Salem State with a 2-1 victory. The Huskies improved to 3-2 on the season in a tightly matched game. Salem State dropped to 0-5 on the season.

In what was an evenly matched game throughout, the Huskies pulled out the victory with nonstop communication both defensively and offensively. They made key plays when it counted the most. It looked like it was going to be scoreless at the half but Senior Analise Ross-Dyjak (Orono, ME/ Orono High School) scored with 5.8 seconds left to put the Huskies on top 1-0 to close out the first half.

The Vikings came back strong to start the second half, preventing an eventual shutout for the Huskies, when Junior Allison Celia (Hopkinton, Mass.) shot at the left post for her first goal of the season in the sixtieth minute. The goal was assisted by Katie Brown (Milford, Mass.) who was left plenty of space between the defense and passed the ball to Celia for the score.

Five minutes later, the Huskies stormed back. Sophomore Sarah Michaud (Candia, N.H./ Manchester Central) took a shot into the goal for the game winner that put the Huskies ahead 2-1.

Salem State goalkeeper Amanda Backe (Danvers, Mass.) made two saves for the Vikings. On the Huskies side, Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Canastra (Fairhaven, Mass.) made six saves in the win.

Head coach Lisa Petruccelli was pleased with the outcome. She said that it was a full-team effort to pull out the victory for their first home game of the season. For their next game, she would like to see better defense because she felt that the team gave Salem State too many wide defensive openings. Petruccelli also said that Canastra made key saves to keep the team in the game which gave the Huskies a greater chance to win.

The Huskies will return to Hannaford Field on Wednesday, Sept. 21 to take on the St. Joseph College Monks at 4 p.m.

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