BANGOR, Maine — It took the Husson University men’s soccer team 64 minutes, 28 seconds and 32 shots at goal to finally find the back of the University of Maine-Machias net.
Forty seconds later, the Eagles added a second goal en route to a 2-0 triumph at Boucher Field Wednesday afternoon.
Sophomore striker Tyler Metevier scored the game-winner and set up Edwin Acosta’s insurance goal with a pinpoint cross.
The Eagles improved to 2-3 while the Clippers fell to 1-3.
“One was bound to go in,” said Metevier, who took six shots before finally converting a Mark Trombley cross into his team-high fourth goal of the season.
“We had been trying to get the ball down to the [extended] goal line and get it across. [Trombley] did a great job all game long and it finally worked,” said Metevier.
“That goal came off something we’ve been working on in practice,” said Trombley. “We bring it to the end line, cross it and have everyone crash [the net]. I saw Ty and he’s a good finisher, so I figured if I found him, he’d get a goal for us.”
Metevier said Trombley’s cross deflected off the hands of goalkeeper Kyle Lancaster over to him and he simply had to tap it into the vacant net.
“I was in the right place at the right time,” said Metevier.
“I got a hand on it, but it went right to their guy who was running to the far post,” said Lancaster.
Seconds later, John DeStefano slid the ball over to Metevier on the right flank and his cross was headed into the open net by the unmarked Acosta.
“[The cross] was pretty nice. I didn’t think he was going to cross it, but the next thing I saw was the ball coming across so all I had to do was run straight through it [and head it in],” said sophomore striker Acosta, who scored his first collegiate goal.
Husson enjoyed a huge territorial dominance, but Lancaster played brilliantly and the Eagles squandered several glittering chances by missing the net.
Trombley and Metevier were constant threats.
Lancaster dove to his left to save Trombley’s penalty kick in the first half and finished with nine saves on 40 shots.
“I was pretty busy, busier than most games,” said Lancaster. He also received a hand from teammate Pat Corliss, who slid and fully extended his right foot to clear a Trombley shot off the goal line.
Husson ’keeper Miguel Dominguez was rarely tested, but he did have to come up with two solid saves in the first half as he raced out to the top of the penalty area to get a piece of Greg Dawson’s flick and, later, he rejected Dawson’s powerful angled shot from the left flank.
Dominguez made three saves on seven shots before Joey Kane mopped up with one save on three shots.
“Husson put a lot of pressure on us. Every time we won the ball, they were right on us, forcing us to make turnovers and bad passes. They played really well. They were quick. They deserved the win,” said UMM coach Tony Turini.