Tuesday, November 1, 2005


For Immediate Release


Women's College Soccer

Little East Conference Playoffs - First Round Game


        GORHAM, Maine  --  Senior midfielder Dianna Thibaudeau (Sanford, Maine) scored the only goal of the match in the 20th minute to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a hard-fought, 1-0 victory over the Rhode Island College Anchorwomen Tuesday afternoon in a first round Little East Conference playoff game.

      The Huskies, seeded fourth in the tournament, advance to play top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University in the semifinals on Friday.  USM, which had dropped its last three regular season games, improve to 11-6-1 overall.  Rhode Island College, the fifth seed, finishes the season at 10-8.

  Senior forward Liz Brunton (Birch Harbor, Maine) set up the winning goal with some hard work in the right wing corner before crossing the ball into the box where Thibaudeau got her head on it to direct past the Anchorwomen's freshman goalkeeper, Krissie Pyzynski (Bristol, Conn.).  The goal was Thibaudeau's fourth of the season and second game winner.

      USM freshman keeper Mindy Morneault (Eagle Lake, Maine) preserved the lead making five saves.  Morneualt received strong defensive efforts from senior Stacy LeBlanc (Standish, Maine), junior Jenna Wasylak (Dunstable, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Rennie (Hudson, N.H.).

      Southern Maine nearly had a second goal in the 61st minute, but junior forward Julia Cyr's (Standish, Maine) curving free kick from the left side just outside the penalty area bounced off the far post.

        Rhode Island College had a 7-4 advantage in shots and the only two corner kicks in the match.  Pyzynski would be credited with one save.


At Gorham, Maine                               1       2       Final

Rhode Island College (10-8-0)               0       0       0

Southern Maine  (11-6-1)                      1       0       1

Scoring:  1. SM, Dianna Thibaudeau (Liz Brunton)  19:46

Goalie Saves:  RIC, Krissie Pyzynski  1     SM, Mindy Morneault  5

Shots:  RIC, 7     SM, 4

Corner Kicks:  RIC,  2     SM  0