BANGOR, Maine - Husson University suffered a 7-1 defeat to the visiting Bates College Bobcats in a tough matchup on Wednesday night at Boucher Field. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 2-6-0 overall, while Bates improves to 5-1-1.
IN THE ACTION:
Both the Eagles and Bobcats started the match showing off their speed and aggression as Husson charged an immediate attack with a shot by Oscar Berntsson in the opening seconds launched high over the net. The Bobcats responded assertively scoring in the 8th minute with an unassisted goal from midfielder Ciaran Bardong, his first of the season. Shortly after, Bardong found the back of the net again following some plays in question, assisted by Jacob Iwowo with a cross from the right corner in the 15th minute.
The Eagles got their first real chance of cutting into the deficit in the 25th minute when the Bobcats' keeper Ryan Manning was caught out of net after his pass out of the box was intercepted by Cai Pritchard. Bates defense stopped the attack after a look at Ali Essallamy poised at the top of the box was cut short and cleared out. Bates continued the scoring in the 31st minute with a driven low strike from midfielder Charlie Pappas for their final tally of the half.
Following intermission, the Eagles stepped onto the pitch with a new mindset seeing several more chances to cut into the Bobcats' lead including a sharp shot on goal from Eagle forward Pritchard who was stumped by Bates' second goalie to enter the field, Owen Lindenfeldar.
Bates added yet another tally by Pappas for his second goal of the game just a minute before the Eagles were awarded a penalty kick in the 55th minute as a Husson player was knocked down in the goal box. Essallamy had two opportunities after the goaltender left the line too early on his first kick, he buried the second ball home to get Husson on the board as they trailed 4-1.
The Husson Eagles continued to battle throughout the second half despite being down two men, but the Bobcats would go on to add three more unanswered goals resulting in a final score of 7-1.
Coach Penny adds on, "I'm still trying to figure out what to say about the game. It's hard to not talk about tonight's officials when you are reviewing the game and they are such a big part in determining the outcome. For the period that we did have 11 men, I thought we did okay. And I was happy to see a reaction in the second half. We got a goal, but the rest of the game was out of our hands, unfortunately."
Husson goalkeeper Benjamin Powell played 14 minutes before exiting early with an injury. Nikoloz Bulashvili replaced him for 62 minutes before Spencer Bernat made his first collegiate appearance in the final 12 minutes of the match without allowing any goals and making two stops. Bates' goaltender Lindenfeldar came on at the half for Ryan Manning after making three saves.
The Husson Eagles are back on their home pitch in another non-conference matchup at Boucher Field against the University of New England on Saturday, September 28th at 3 p.m.