Second Half Push Helps Men’s Soccer Shut Down Hornets on Senior Day

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine – Keeping Northern Vermont University-Lyndon at bay throughout the first half, the Husson men's soccer team certainly found their groove in the second half tucking away three goals to lift themselves over the Hornets, 3-0, for a shutout conference victory on senior day and homecoming. Stepping foot onto Boucher Field for the last regular season matchup on Saturday afternoon, Husson recognized five Eagles, including Paxton Oversmith, Dylan Bryce, Ian Lee, Nick Whitehead, and Rod Ghanayem.


Despite multiple scoring opportunities in the first half, Husson was continuously shut down by Caleb Derbyshire in net for the Hornets or aimed just barely wide of the post. The Eagles had a flurry of excitement midway through the opening frame, seeing back-to-back volleys from Lee hitting the ball off the post then Nathan Firlings connecting with a corner kick by Ghanayem, but the Eagles didn't record their first point until the 71st minute of the match well into the second half. Bryce Hayman sent a dangerous ball towards goal with Derbyshire barely getting a few fingers on it before it slipped away from him just long enough for Firlings to secure the rebound giving Husson the 1-0 advantage with his fifth goal of the season.

Not even five minutes later, the Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 off a driven volleyed goal taken out of the air by Alvaro Valls off a lofty ball from Firlings for the assist. 

Shuby Bodke recorded his third assist of the season after launching a corner into the box and Dylan Bryce stepped up to finish the third goal of the afternoon for the Eagles as they cruised to their second consecutive shutout conference victory. 

Head Coach Gavin Penny reflected, "Today was all about patience. We have played them off the park and created a lot of great opportunities to score. The message at half time was to be more effective with our possession and although it took a while to come, when it did, we finished well. Another great team performance and we have put our self in a good position for playoffs. We'll be hoping for the right result between MMA and Thomas on Tuesday to help us get the #2 seed."


Giving up the first two goals of the afternoon, Derbyshire was subbed out by Dennis Farnham III after 77:15 in net, recording eight impressive saves. Holding down the fort on the opposing end, Kyle Townsend picked up one save throughout 90 minutes. 


The Eagles possessed the ball well, only giving up two shots while sending 26 total in the direction of NVU-Lyndon's net.  


Closing out the regular season with an away game, Husson men's soccer is set to play the University of Southern Maine at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 23rd.