BANGOR, Maine - Behind a two-goal effort from first year player Cai Pritchard, the Husson University Eagles (1-2-0) soared to a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies (0-3-1) in their home opener Friday night at Boucher Field.
IN THE ACTION:
The Eagles opened up the scoring in the 35th minute as Bryce Hayman sprinted down the left flank, whipping a cross back inside the box to Ali Essallamy, who quickly tapped the ball away from the oncoming defenders and split them. Pritchard appeared out of nowhere running straight through the ball as he buried it into the back of the net for his first collegiate point and a 1-0 lead.
Husson would take their lead into halftime behind a great defensive play from Hayman, but the Huskies responded just minutes following the break as Peter Mayhorn responded with his first goal as a Huskie by following up on a rebounded save by Husson goaltender Benjamin Powell.
Husson reclaimed the lead in the 68th minute off a weak pass by Southern Maine in the defensive end which was quickly pounced on by Pritchard. After a couple touches, he ripped a half-volley past the Husky goalie to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage up to the final whistle.
"I'm very happy we got the win tonight," head coach Gavin Penny exclaims. "The lads have been working tremendously hard and we were so unfortunate earlier in the week so I'm delighted for them to earn their first win of the season. I don't think we were at our best tonight, but I still thought we moved the ball well and created chances. We defended much better today than we had previously and I'm happy that Cai got himself off the mark. Tuesday will be another tough challenge, but the boys will be up for it."
Pritchard, Jahmal Williams and Essallamy led the offensive charge for the Eagles, each recording four shots on the night.
Pritchard finished the match with two shots on target, earning his first two collegiate goals.
SOUTHERN MAINE LEADERS:
Zekariya Shaib recorded a team-high four shots with three landing on net.
Powell made four saves in his first start of the season to help secure his first victory of 2019, while Cameron Atherton made two stops for the Huskies.
Husson outshot Southern Maine, 19-10, while the Huskies had five on target to the Eagles' four.
The Eagles will continue their homestand as they host the Bowdoin College Polar Bears on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30 p.m.