BIDDEFORD, ME - Sophomore Jackie Dickerson (Windham, N.H.) scored in the first half, and junior Margaret Palmer (Scarborough, Maine) added a late insurance goal to give the University of New England a 2-0 victory over Saint Joseph's College of Maine in non-conference women's soccer action Wednesday afternoon (Sep. 4) at Barbara J. Hazard Field.
The win evened the Nor'easters record at 1-1 on the young season, while the Monks suffered their first setback in three outings.
UNE got on the scoreboard late in the first half when senior Ellie Arsenault (Saco, Maine) took a few touches up the left side and pushed a pass ahead to Dickerson, who maneuvered a low shot around St. Joe's senior goalkeeper Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine), who had come off the goal line.
Despite an advantage in total shots, the Nor'easters were unable to build on their lead until the 86th minute. After a St. Joe's foul, Palmer drove a free kick into the upper left-hand corner of the frame for her fifth career goal.
Senior Gina Iannazzi (Methuen, Mass.) made the scoring stand up for Big Blue, coming up with four saves on nine SJC shots for her third shutout.
Lorenzen had a total of nine saves on 19 UNE shots.
The Nor'easters return to action this weekend at an invitational tournament in the greater Boston area. UNE plays at Babson College (1:30 p.m.) Saturday and at Wellesley College Sunday (1 p.m.).
The Monks are off until next Tuesday (Sep. 10) when they play their home-opener versus UMaine Farmington (4 p.m.).
COURTESY OF UNE SPORTS INFORMATION
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 350-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.