(RANDOLPH CENTER, VT) -- Lainey Herring (Sr./Houlton, ME) scored three times to lead the University of Maine-Presque Isle women's soccer team to a 7-2 victory at Vermont Technical College on Saturday afternoon. It was the first game of the season for both teams and the result gave new UMPI head coach Trevor Parent his first win.
The Owls' Audra Kirk (So./Limestone, ME) opened the scoring just over 10 minutes into the match. The score remained 1-0 until Herring sandwiched her first two goals around a Kallie Pelletier (So./Madawaska, ME) score to give UMPI a commanding 4-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the first half.
After the Knights got on the board with a Ashley Lockerby (Enosburg, VT) goal, Chelsea Lynds-Beaulieu (So./Presque Isle, ME) found the back of the net with less than a minute remaining to give UMPI a 5-1 lead at the break.
After Lockerby added her 2nd goal of the game to bring the Knights (0-1) to within 5-2, Herring and Kylie Plourde (Fr./Fort Fairfield, ME) each registered goals to arrive at the final margin.
The goal by Plourde was the first of her collegiate career. For Herring, her 3 goals nearly matched a personal best of most goals in a game (4 vs. SUNY-Canton 9-30-11).
Midfielder Chelsea Beauchemen (So./Adams, MA) had two assists for the Owls and after the game was clearly happy with how her team came together in their first game.
"I'm proud of how the girls played," said Beauchemen, "especially for the first game of the season. The team chemistry is really showing through in our play."
The Owls were originally slated to play Sunday at College of St. Joseph (VT) however the Saints announced last week that they have suspended their women's soccer program for the 2012 season. Instead, UMPI will next play this Thursday, September 6th when they travel to New Brunswick, Canada to play St. Thomas University.