Goal in each half good enough for Nor'easters, 2-1

Lea Adams (Photo by Brooke Scoca)
Lea Adams (Photo by Brooke Scoca)
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NEWPORT, R.I. - Jessica Meader (Scarborough, Maine) scored in the 24th minute and her teammate Edie Pallozzi (Windham, Maine) added the game-winner in the 63rd minute to lead visiting University of New England women's soccer to a 2-1 win over Salve Regina University in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play on Reynolds Field. Seahawk senior Jessica Broadhurst (Scarborough, Maine) converted a penalty kick at 71:55 for the Salve Regina goal.

The Nor'easters (6-2-0, 3-0-0 CCC) took a 1-0 lead into halftime after scoring their first goal on a play initiated with a corner kick. A short pass off the corner kick led to a quick shot from the top left corner of the box that freshman keeper Carly Pala (Milford, Conn.) stopped but was unable to pick up. Meader, with her back to the goal, stepped over the loose ball and back-heeled it into the net for her fourth goal of the season.

Back from intermission, UNE capitalized on an opportunity when Brionne Turcotte (Goffstown, N.H.) crossed to Edie Pallozzi (Windham, Maine) at the top of the box. Pallozzi kept the ball on the ground and it snuck under Pala's diving save attempt.

Nine minutes later, Seahawks' leading scorer Abby McMackin (Walpole, Mass.) was knocked down in the box by Nor'easter goalkeeper Brielle Robinson (Monson, Mass.) who was issued a yellow card. Salve Regina head coach Jane Walsh appointed Broadhurst for the penalty kick.

University of New England outshot Salve Regina, 16-13, but both teams had 10 shots on goal. Salve Regina (4-5-0, 1-2-0 CCC) earned more corner kick opportunities (five to three). Robinson made seven saves in the victory while Carly Pala added eight saves to bring her league-leading total to 78 on the season.

The Seahawks host Fitchburg State on Tuesday in a non-league contest on Reynolds Field (3:30 p.m.). The Nor'easters host the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College that same night.