Paganoni's OT Goal Helps Men's Soccer Defeat UMaine-Farmington, 2-1

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine - Husson men's soccer (3-5-1, 2-0-0 NAC) knocked off the University of Maine-Farmington (3-4-0, 0-2-0 NAC) taking the Beavers into overtime, 2-1, in the Eagles first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup at Boucher Field.


The Eagles took a commanding lead in the 14th minute as Rod Ghanayem split the defenders with a thru ball across the middle leading a sprinting Dylan Bryce into the box. Bryce one-timed the ball into the opposite corner using the angle to his advantage as it slipped past the keeper giving Husson the 1-0 advantage.

The Beavers tied the game at one with 20 minutes left to play in the first half as Andrew Longhurst sent a free kick from the midfield line soaring into the box, finding the the head of teammate Tristan Price flicking the ball past Kyle Townsend in net.

Benjamin Powell stepped onto the turf after halftime grabbing a single save to preserve the tie through the next 45 minutes dragging the game into overtime to find a victor.

Halfway through the first ten minutes of golden goal overtime, the Eagles had the opportunity to take a free kick just outside the goal box. Ghanayem stepped up, rifling a low shot at the keeper which Matthew Wilson dove to push away and before he could jump back on his feet, Rafael Paganoni one timed the rebound home to capture the overtime victory, 2-1.

Commenting after the win, "I am pleased that we got the job done," stated Head Coach Gavin Penny. "We made hard work of it, but in the end got it over the line. We know we can do better and will need to work harder in order to beat a hard working MMA team on Tuesday night. I'm hoping we can bring a massive effort toward a 6-pointer on Tuesday and get a big win! The boys will be ready for sure."


Townsend got the start in net, recording one save before Powell subbed in at the half to record the victory as he held the Beavers scoreless in the remaining 50 minutes. Wilson scooped up 11 saves for UMaine-Farmington.  


The Eagles outshot the Beavers, 13-3, on frame while sending in five corners to the Beavers' four.


On Tuesday night, September 25th, the Eagles will play host to Maine Maritime Academy in NAC action at Boucher Field with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m.