Men's Soccer Holds Off Maine Maritime, 2-1

Men's Soccer Holds Off Maine Maritime, 2-1

CASTINE, Maine – The Husson University men's soccer team got a vital 2-1 victory at Maine Maritime in Castine on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Eagles improve their record to 3-4 (2-2 NAC) while the Mariners drop to 1-5-1 (0-3-1 NAC).

After Saturday's disappointing performance, Husson were in the mood from the first whistle. The Eagles showed high intensity and entertained with good possession throughout the first half. Nathan Firlings, Rod Ghanayem and Saker Ghanayem consistently threatened the Mariners' backline pushing them deeper toward the MMA net.

After enjoying most of the ball and creating some golden opportunities, Husson was once again made to pay for not converting. In the 25th minute, the Mariners won a penalty after a loose back pass. Ike Doiron confidently tucked the ball into the right side of the goal to give the Mariners a marginal lead.

The Eagles responded well and continued to try to get off the mark and were rewarded for their efforts in the 32nd minute. Saker Ghanayem fed Firlings the ball, and the latter touched the ball past one defender before exquisitely finding the bottom corner. The freshman's effort tied the game at 1-1. Husson pressed hard to find another and were rewarded minutes later. Rod Ghanayem laid off an Iniesta type pass to find Nick Whitehead who slipped the ball past the onrushing keeper following a one on one situation. Husson were fully in control at the break leading 2-1.

The second half was similar to the first with the Eagles continuing to knock on the MMA door, moving the ball around well. The Mariners pushed for an equalizer, but the Eagles did well to keep possession of the ball throughout the remainder of the game. Husson took a conservative approach in the final minutes to preserve the lead. Both teams created some minor chances in the dying stages, but neither was able to take advantage. At full time, the result read 2-1 to Husson.

Coach Penny stated, "It was a fantastic response from the boys after a disappointing trip last weekend. We knew we could be better and they have worked hard in training to put things right. I thought we showed great character and commitment after falling a goal behind and I'm proud that we got our just rewards. To be fair we really should have put the game to bed by half time, we have to be better about finishing our opportunities. I am pleased that we got the win and it pushes us ahead with our post season objectives. We'll look forward to a busy period coming up with 3 games in 4 days. I'm hoping we can add 2 more conference wins in front of our fantastic fans at the weekend." 

In the win, Husson outshot the Mariners 17-11. Cody Gross made two saves for the Eagles, while Joshua Reeks made three saves for the Mariners.

Eagles are home next on Saturday, September 30th playing host to Lyndon College in a NAC contest at 1:00 PM on Boucher Field.