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Husson prevails over women's soccer team, 2-1





LEWISTON, Maine -- Husson University came from behind with two second-half goals to defeat the Bates College women's soccer team 2-1 in a rainy non-conference game on Wednesday at Russell Street Field.

The Eagles moved to 7-3 on the season, while the Bobcats fell to 2-3-1 overall.

Megan Clement's open-net goal in the 72nd minute, following the rebound of a lunging save by Bates goalie Annie Burns (Topsfield, Mass.), was the game-winner for Husson.

Bates got on the board first in the 41st minute, when sophomore Alix Vandeventer (North Attleboro, Mass.) sent a well-placed cross from the right wing into the Husson penalty box, where sophomore Sam Alper (Holliston, Mass.) reached the ball and poked it past a Husson defender and Husson goalie Jen Plourde for a 1-0 lead. It was Alper's team-leading third goal of the season. Bates kept that lead going into the second half, although the Eagles outshot the Bobcats 8-3 in the half.

Many more scoring chances were created by both teams in the second half, but only Husson was able to convert. In the 63rd minute, the Eagles tied the game up at 1-1, when sophomore Amanda Gifford knocked in a long rebound of a Burns save, off a shot by Shelby Bradford, from about 20 yards away.

Nine minutes later, with 18:58 left in regulation, Husson advanced the ball up the field on a long run up the left wing by Alexandra Laniewski. Laniewski's cross found Bradford with only Burns to beat from inside the box. Burns lunged to punch away Bradford's shot, but the carom headed Clement's way with an open net in front of her.

Plourde made four saves and Burns made nine, as Husson outshot Bates 25-14 in the game. Bates sophomore Amanda Sirianni (Holliston, Mass.) played a strong game as left-side defender for the Bobcats before leaving the game with 35 minutes left with an injury.

Bates will host Tufts University in a NESCAC game on Saturday, during Parents & Family Weekend, with a 12 p.m. start. Husson is at Maine Maritime on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

STATS: Husson 2, Bates 1