By beating USM, Warriors set program record with ninth straight win
GORHAM, Maine - Sophomore forward Taylor Buchanan (Ellington) scored her tenth goal of the season with 16 minutes left to lift the Eastern Connecticut State University women's soccer team to its 12th straight match without a loss this season, a 1-0 Little East Conference victory over the University of Southern Maine Saturday at the USM Soccer Field.
Above In the pre-season, head Coach Chris D'Ambrosio might not have envisioned record-setting 12-match unbeaten and nine-game winning streaks. (Liz Cutler photo)
The win is Eastern's (11-0-1, 4-0-0 little east) ninth in a row - breaking the former mark of eight set five seasons ago. The Warriors had already set the program record for consecutive victories in a season this year. The shutout is the third straight for Eastern and sixth this season.
Buchanan scored in her fourth straight match, posting her third straight game-winning goal and fourth of the season. She has seen goals in the current four-game span. Buchanan picked up a loose ball at the six-yard box and put a shot into the back of the net. Sophomore forward Chelsea Downer (Colchester) crossed the ball from the right end line, the ball deflecting off the head of a USM defender, to the waiting Buchanan, who made no mistake. A first-year transfer, Downer was credited with her team-leading fourth assist.
Since losing its first two matches against Southern Maine (4-9-0, 2-2-0 little east) in head coach Chris D'Ambrosio's first since in 2000, Eastern has won 11 straight against the Huskies.
Ranked fifth in New England, Eastern's 11 victories equal the most by any Top 10 team. The Warriors remain one of only two Top 10 teams without a loss, joining Trinity College (4-0-3).
In her first appearance in 18 days, sophomore keeper Mackenzie MacLeod (Northfield) played a save-less second half in relief of junior Theresa Pagnozzi (Waterford) to record her first win since the opening weekend of the season. Pagnozzi played the first half, making two saves, including a brilliant leg save on sophomore Cathy Wise in the final seconds of the half to keep the match scoreless. Pagnozzi has played 289 minutes and 31 seconds since allowing her last goal Sept. 29 against Salem State.
Eastern travels to Amherst College Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lord Jeffs are rated No. 3 in New England, 25th nationally.