GORHAM, Maine – The Thomas College field hockey team opened their 2016 season with a 2-1 victory Thursday afternoon against the University of Southern Maine.
Freshman Kianna Pushard (Manchester, ME / Maranacook) tallied a goal and an assist in her first collegiate game. The Terriers will begin their 2016 campaign at 1-0 while the Huskies drop to 0-1 in their first contest.
Southern Maine scored the first goal of the game late in the first half to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Kaylie Andrews (Kittery, Maine/Traip Academy) notched her first goal of the season on a quick centering pass from senior Samantha Crosman (South Berwick, Maine/Marshwood) to put the Huskies up over the Terriers in the 26th minute. Pushard wasted little time netting the equalizer, making the game one all before half in the 29th minute. Pushard scored the first goal of her career on a shot, through traffic, from the top of the circle.
Thomas opened the second half with a steady pressure before scoring the go-ahead goal just under seven minutes into the stanza. Off of one of five penalty corners on the day for the Terriers, Pushard found senior Gabby Martell (Gorham ME / Gorham) for the game-winner in the 42nd minute.
Senior goalkeeper Abbie Charrier (Waldo, Maine/Mt. View) was up to the task making nine saves to earn the win. Southern Maine senior Amanda Kasbohm (York, Maine) played a strong game in net for the Huskies making eight saves.
The Terriers will hit the road for the weekend, starting with a non-conference game at Nichols College on Saturday, September 3rd, at 1:00 p.m.