GORHAM, Maine – Senior Hannah Kallis and freshman Amy Luther each scored a goal to lead the Plymouth State University Panthers to a 2-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference women’s soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the win, Plymouth State earns its second consecutive victory and improves to 7-2-2 on the season and stands at 2-2 in the Little East. Southern Maine falls to 4-8 with the loss and 0-4 in the conference.
Kallis notched her fifth goal of the season when she hit a powerful strike off of a deflected save in the 37th minute. Sophomore Tabitha Josefik took the initial shot, forcing USM sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Canastra to make a diving save to her right. After the save, the ball found its way onto Kallis’ feet for the goal.
Ahead 1-0, PSU doubled its lead in the 68th minute. Luther used a controlled header to redirect the ball to the far post after a lofted ball into the box from graduate student Leah Swanson. The goal was Luther’s third of the season.
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Southern Maine had several chances on frame in the second half. Freshman Madi Freeman had the Huskies’ best scoring opportunity of the game, launching an a shot from 30-yards out to make PSU senior goalkeeper Annaliese Schmidt to extend her reach and tip the ball over the crossbar in the 83rd minute.
Schmidt made six saves to earn the shutout for the Panthers. Canastra turned in another strong performance in goal making seven saves in the loss.