October 25, 2009






Portland, MEóSouthern Maine dealt Rhode Island College's Little East Tournament aspirations a severe blow in a 1-0 defeat on Sunday afternoon in Little East Conference women's soccer action  played on Memorial Field at Deering High School.




RIC falls to 2-11 overall and 1-5 in LEC play. The Anchorwomen have just two more games and one more Little East contest remaining as Rhode Island College will wrap up regular season play and host UMass Boston on Saturday, Oct. 31. The Beacons are 11-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the LEC. RIC would need an upset win and some help from other teams in order to make the six-team tourney field, which begins on Nov. 3. The visitors suffered their eighth shutout loss of the year.




 The Huskies, who avenge last season's, 2-0, loss at the Anchorwomen's hands, improve to 4-12 overall and 2-4 in league action.




 Junior midfielder Heidi DeHaan (Lewiston, ME) scored the only goal and senior goalkeeper Alison Bradley (Auckland, New Zealand) made three saves for the Huskies.




 With 9:59 left in regulation, DeHaan struck a bouncing ball and put a 12-yard shot inside the far post past RIC junior goalkeeper Maddie Pirri (Bristol, RI). Senior Samantha Mathieu (Belfast, ME) took a throw-in from the right sideline that bounced by a pair of players before DeHaan shielded the ball from a defender, turned and shot. The goal was DeHaan's team-leading seventh of the season, and her second game-winning goal this week. She had the game winner against Framingham State College in double overtime on Tuesday.




 Bradley had to come up big moments after DeHaan's goal when a long ball out of the back caught the USM back-line flat footed. Senior midfielder Christina Tavana (Middletown, CT) went in alone on Bradley, but her low drive was stopped by Bradley and cleared from danger by the Huskies defense.




 Pirri played well in a losing effort, making eight saves.  Southern Maine piled up a 16-8 margin in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.




In upcoming action, the Anchorwomen will host Lasell (8-4-2) in the regular season home finale on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Tavana will be recognized prior to the start as part of Senior Night.