BANGOR, Maine – Taking their final regular season game to overtime, the Husson University women's soccer team (7-5-1, 6-1-1 NAC) tallied the game-winning golden goal, seven minutes and 42 seconds into extra minutes following a 0-0 deadlock throughout regulation. Shannon Down tallied the game-winner to help overtake the University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (7-5-1, 2-4-1 NAC) under the lights late Tuesday evening.
IN THE ACTION:
In the first half of the game, Bri Saulter and Mackenzie St. Pierre launched many shot attempts at the goal which continuously missed the crossbar by inches or were stopped by UMPI's goalkeeper Savannah Rodriguez.
Continuing into the second frame, Husson recorded a total of 28 shots throughout the 90 minutes with nine on goal, to UMPI's four looks on net, but neither team could manage to slip one over the goal line. With 36 minutes left to play, St. Pierre fired a shot that nicked the crossbar bouncing back into the jumble in front of the net before it was cleared out. Neither team controlled the play, seeing a power struggle in the midfield as both teams fought hard, but without a decisive goal the game was pushed into overtime.
Having seven minutes and 42 seconds tick by on the scoreboard clock, the Eagles took the ball down the left flank as Alexa Thayer looked to cross the ball into dangerous territory for the Owls. With excess gusto and determination, Shannon Dowd used her whole body to slide through the ball and watch it trickle over the goal line as jumped on the cross from Thayer before the UMPI goalie could react, to help put an end to overtime earning a crucial, 1-0, win for Husson.
BETWEEN THE POSTS:
The Husson defenders held back their opponents from approaching their goal box as Jenna Dietenhofer-Diamond only had to make one save on the night. Her opponent, Rodriguez, made 12 saves throughout the 97:42 minutes of action.
The #2 Husson Eagles will earn a first-round bye straight to the Semifinal round of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Tournament following their win against UMPI. Click HERE for the full 2019 NAC Championship Tournament schedule and more information. The Eagles will play the winner of #3 UMaine-Farmington vs. #6 Thomas on Saturday, November 9th. Semifinals and the Championship will both be hosted at #1 Maine Maritime Academy.