PRESQUE ISLE, Maine –Making their first trip to the University of Maine at Presque Isle since 2006 and competing for the first time in 11 years, the Husson men's soccer team came out on top in the battle of the birds, 4-0. With this North Atlantic Conference (NAC) win, Husson improves their conference record to 4-1-1 after taking on the Owls in a conference match for the first time since 2002.
Breaking the midway point of the first half, the score remained at zeroes until Paxton Oversmith received the ball from Ian Lee and tucked away his second goal of the season. With just a few minutes remaining in the opening frame, Lee continued to rack up the points as he found the back of the net for the second goal of the night for Husson as they cruised into the second half with a 2-0 advantage. Alvaro Valls tallied the assist on Lee's goal for his first of the season.
Subbing into net for Husson to kick off the second half was Kristian Bonde Krognes after Ben Powell recorded a single save in net in the opening 45 minutes. The Eagles struck early with an unassisted goal by Nathan Firlings just three minutes into the second frame.
Knocking in his second goal of the match, Firlings closed out scoring helping Husson capture a 4-0 victory over the Owls on Wednesday afternoon.
"Today was a good performance on a tough playing surface," said Head Coach Gavin Penny. "The lads aren't used to playing on such a surface which made it difficult for us. However, we dug in and built on our performance from the weekend. We carved out a lot of opportunities, scored some goals, kept a clean sheet and gave some guys a rest. We were able to give everyone a run which was great to see. I'm happy with the win, now we are looking forward to a home game on the weekend."
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Splitting time in net, Benjamin Powell started off the night grabbing one save while Bonde Krognes closed out the remaining 45 minutes seeing zero shots on frame with his defenders blocking a couple before the ball could reach him. On the opposing side of the field, Caleb Thompson stopped three shots for the Owls.
Husson fired more shots, 17-3, while both teams saw few corner kicks with the Eagles kicking across four to the Owls' one.
The men's soccer team is set to play their final regular season home game of the season on Saturday, October 20th for their senior day and homecoming. The Eagles will host Northern Vermont-Lyndon for the final NAC matchup of the season at 3:30 p.m.