Eagles Fall in Overtime Heartbreaker in NAC Semifinals, 2-1

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

CASTINE, Maine - Heading into extra minutes after a 1-1 deadlock concluded the end of regulation, the University of Maine-Farmington Beavers (9-9-1) found the back of the net first to break the stalemate barely one minute into overtime to defeat the Husson women's soccer team, 2-1, in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinal match. 

The first chance of the match for the Eagles came in the 11th minute as a cross floated up into the box. Alli Carey got under the header, unfortunately seeing the ball fly just wide of the net as it trickled past the offset goalkeeper.  

McKenna Brodeur rallied off three back-to-back shots for the Beavers, watching her closest shot on frame rattle off the crossbar to keep the game scoreless midway through the first half. 

The Eagles took the lead in the 36th minute as Alexa Thayer was setup with a thru ball slotted in behind the defense. The first-year midfielder placed a perfect shot past the keeper into the bottom right corner for a 1-0 advantage.

Barely two minutes later, UMF tied the game as Brodeur delivered a corner, finding the head of teammate Fern Calkins who sent it right into the back of the net to level the score at one prior to halftime. 

Despite 45 additional minutes on the pitch, neither team was able to sneak one past the goalies as the final whistle of regulation blew and the two teams took the field once again to head into overtime. Just one minute and 19 seconds into the extra period, Brodeur cut around the Husson defenders breaking through one stride ahead with enough momentum to strike the ball inside the left post for a 2-1 NAC Semifinal victory. 

Shie Smith notched ten saves on the night for the Eagles in the setback while her opponent, Callie Hammer, shut down two shots for the win. 

The Eagles conclude their season with an overall record of 7-6-1 while the Beavers advance to the NAC Championship game against the host of the tournament, the Maine Maritime Academy Mariners, on Sunday, November 10th.