Men's Soccer Falls Behind Early in NAC Semifinal Fixture to MMA

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

CASTINE, Maine - The Husson University men's soccer team (6-13-1) fell to the host Maine Maritime Academy Mariners (13-3-1) by the final score of 5-1, on Saturday night in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinals at Ritchie Field.

Maine Maritime opened the scoring in the first minute as Reuben Harrison took off on a breakaway, finding the Eagles on their heels and found himself one-on-one with Husson goalie Benjamin Powell. Harrison took a shot that was deflected by Powell, but not strong enough as it went into the back of the net. 

It didn't take long for the Eagles to respond, Gavon Fox made his first collegiate start and sure  made it a memorable one. In the 5th minute of the fixture, Fox received a pass inside the box, took one touch, and fired a shot to the opposite corner of the keeper, to level the score at one.

The Mariners took the lead in the 8th minute for good, as Matt Caron threw a high floating ball inside the box and Liam Welch headed the ball home from the tip of the goalmouth to help MMA take the 2-1 lead. The home team added a third tally with Harrison grabbing the assist this time on a ball fed to teammate Dalton Moore. 

Caron extended the advantage to 4-1 before the first half whistle blew, as Colby Clarke sent a lofty thru-ball over the heads of the Husson defense to a sprinting Caron who settled it before placing the ball past the keeper.

In the second half, Maine Maritime scored the final goal of the match as Brad McKechnie tucked in a rebounded shot from Harrison to help the Mariners move on to the NAC Championship Game on Sunday.

Powell got the start in net and made one big save with some help from several post shots. Kyle Townsend came into the match at the break to split time. The senior recorded two saves including a point-blank stop on the steady attack of Harrison. Trevor Gray made two saves for Maine Maritime in the victory.

A few closing words from the coach: "Tremendously disappointing result this evening, that wasn't the way we wanted it to end. But we were beaten and beaten well by a far superior team. I have said it all year, we are a young team and we were just shown what it's going to take to be where MMA is today. Credit to them, they are very good at what they do and we could not compete with them at their game. It's a shame, but I have really enjoyed working with this group this season and I'm looking forward to the years ahead as this group grows and develops."

This concludes the season for the 2019 men's soccer team.