BANGOR, Maine – The Husson University Eagles (7-7, 4-1 NECC) held onto a late advantage to secure a 2-1 win over the Becker College Hawks (6-11, 1-5 NECC) on Saturday afternoon in the setting sun.
The Hawks started out the scoring with a goal from senior midfielder Lauren Niemann with 6:20 left on the clock. Niemann scored the goal on the Hawks' first shot of the game, assisted by midfielder Abigail Leahy. This would be the only goal of the first quarter as both teams could only muster one shot each.
A defensive battle continued throughout the second quarter. The ball remained in the middle of the field for the majority of the period as neither team could put a shot on goal over the 15-minute period. The Hawks carried their 1-0 lead into the second half.
The Eagles evened the score, 1-1, early in the third quarter with a goal from first-year forward Caroline Johnson. Her goal was assisted by Victoria Friend pushing the goal from the back post to her teammate in front of the net. Husson controlled the ball throughout the quarter and put three shots on goal. Becker struggled to slip through the Husson defense and were on their back foot for the entire quarter.
Husson took advantage controlling the play with an early fourth quarter tally by first-year forward Adelle Foss. The goal was assisted by defenseman Friend for her second assist of the game. The goal gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game. After a strong late push by the Hawks was defended, the Eagles hung on to the 2-1 victory.
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Kimmie Goddard spent 60 minutes in net for the Eagles without recording a save behind a strong Husson defense while her opponent Baileigh Griese recorded five saves in setback.
Husson has a quick turnaround as they host Manhattanville College on Sunday, October 27th with a 12:00 p.m. start time.