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USM tops men's soccer for first time in 18 games

LEWISTON, Maine -- The University of Southern Maine broke a scoreless tie in the 59th minute and added a second goal 20 minutes later for a 2-0 non-conference victory over the Bates men's soccer team on Tuesday at Russell Street Field. It is the Huskies' first win against the Bobcats since 1987 (a 3-0 USM home win), ending a 17-game winless streak (0-12-5) against their in-state rivals in that span.

The Bobcats will host Williams on Saturday at 11 a.m., as part of Parents & Family Weekend. Follow the action via live video webcast on Bates' First Team Broadcasting page.

After a very evenly-matched first half, USM (3-7-1) pulled ahead in the second half, creating better scoring opportunities and taking advantage of them. Bates fell to 3-4-1 overall.

Senior midfielder Chris Kain (Kennebunk, Maine) netted his first goal this season with 31:42 left in the second half. Unmarked at the top of the penalty area, Kain drilled a low ball beyond the reach of Bates junior goalkeeper Greg Watts (West Chester, Pa.) and into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The Huskies got an insurance goal 20 minutes later, as senior forward Nick Johnson (South Portland, Maine) delivered a cross to open first-year midfielder Branden Lever (Auburn, Maine), who scored his first collegiate goal on a header at waist height inside the far right post.

USM senior goalie David Kreps (Agawam, Mass.) had seven saves, helping to make up for an 18-14 Bates advantage in shots taken. Watts had four saves for Bates. Senior Patrick Jackson (Durham, N.H.) and sophomore John Murphy (Yarmouth, Maine) attempted six and four shots, respectively, for Bates.

STATS: Southern Maine 2, Bates 0