BANGOR, Maine — The Husson women’s soccer team played yet another tough non-conference matchup Tuesday, falling to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5-0. Both teams used basically their entire benches in the effort.
MIT got onto the board first as Andrea Park netted her first goal of the season, with an assist from Merricka Livingstone. Ten minutes later the Engineers added another tally once again off the foot of Andrea Park unassisted.
Park would be done scoring on the day, but MIT wasn’t. Almost two minutes later, the Engineers put away a third first half goal on a Jennifer Ibanez shot from 25 yards out that bounced over Jessica Poulin’s head.
“We gave up several bad goals tonight due to lack of responsibility on the field, and that’s not good enough,” said head coach Carly Gettler. The Eagles looked to regroup at the half down 3-0.
Both sides used a myriad of subs in the second half and Husson used a different keeper other than Poulin for just the third time this season.
A half hour into the second frame MIT got on the board again. Ambika Krishnamachar tucked a goal away with a helper from Morgan Moroi. The Engineers managed one more tally on the evening, scoring in the final minute. Zara Perumal setup the goal feeding Jessica Ong with :52 left in the match.
“It was a poor showing by our team,” Gettler said “and a performance that we will need to shake off heading into an important conference weekend. We saw fabulous play from MJ Boyce, Anna Wolterbeek, and Michaela Bicknell, but it wasn’t enough against a well-organized MIT side.”
The Eagles will next host Castleton State at 1:00pm this Saturday, October 13 during Homecoming 2012. For all things Husson Homecoming 2012 make sure to check out husson.edu/homecoming.
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Saint Joseph’s edges Salem State
STANDISH – Saint Joseph’s (8-4, 4-2 NAC) tipped Salem State University (8-4, 4-3 LEC), 1-0, in non-conference field hockey action at Mercy Field on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Rachelle Messuri (Atkinson, N.H.) netted the game-winning goal with 13:49 remaining in regulation.
The game’s only goal was scored off a scramble in the Vikings’ goalmouth in the 57th minute ,when Salem netminder Michelle Boyer (South Hadley, Mass.) was unable to control the rebound after stopping a shot taken by Theresa Hendrix (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus). Following several seconds of jockeying in the goalmouth, Carley Denis (Lewiston, Maine) managed to corral the loose ball and fed a short pass to Messuri, who flicked a reverse backhand shot into the heart of the cage to lift the hosts to a 1-0 advantage.
SJC goalie Taylor Allison (Pawtucket, R.I.) made one stop to notch her sixth shutout of the year and is now tied with 2011 NFHCA All-America honoree Meaghan Johnson ’12 for the most single-season shutouts at Saint Joseph’s. Boyer was quite busy in the cage and tallied 10 saves in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph’s posted considerable advantages in shots (18-3), shots on goal (11-1) and penalty corners (17-4) in today’s triumph.
Bates downs Southern Maine
LEWISTON – Senior Nicole Santosuosso (Canton, Mass.) broke through for the game-winning goal in the 23rd minute to lead the Bates College Bobcats to a 2-0 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference field hockey game Tuesday.
Bates improves to 4-6 with the win and stops a two-game losing streak. The Huskies suffer their third straight loss and second consecutive loss without a goal to fall to 5-10 on the season.
Despite constant pressure on the Huskies back line, with a remarkable 37-5 edge in shots, it took Bates until the 23rd minute to net its first goal as Santosuosso redirected a pass from senior Laura Baran (Pittsburgh, Pa. /Shady Side Academy) for her second goal of the season. Bates took the 1-0 lead into the half, having outshot USM 18-3 in the opening half.
The Bobcats wasted little time tacking on an insurance goal in the second half as junior Polly Merck (Beverly Farms, Mass./The Governor’s Academy) scored an unassisted goal just 25 seconds into the second stanza. Merck’s goal was her fifth of the season.
Freshman goalkeeper Cristina Vega (Needham, Mass./Dana Hall) made one save to earn the shutout victory for the Bobcats. USM junior goalkeeper Kayla Kennedy (Windham, Maine) made 14 saves in the loss.
St. Joseph’s 1, Endicott 0 (OT)
STANDISH, ME – Senior captain Teddy Palmer (Scarborough, Maine) scored just 1:29 into overtime to push Saint Joseph’s (7-6-4-3-1 GNAC) past Endicott College (7-6-2, 2-2-1 CCC), 1-0, in a rainy non-conference men’s soccer match at Westerlea Way Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Scoreless after 90 minutes of regulation play, St. Joe’s battled the Gulls in what would be the Monks’ seventh overtime experience of the 2012 campaign. The extra frame was cut short when Palmer finished a perfect right-to-left cross from senior Alex Day (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) with a one-touch kick to the bottom right corner of the net.
For Saint Joseph’s, the win is the first in seven contests versus Endicott, which entered the day having won two straight games by a combined 10-4 score.
Day, who threaded the needle in traffic with a ground-hugging pass to Palmer to assist on the winner, nearly netted the clincher himself a minute earlier, as the forward had a nice look streaking toward the right post but his kick caromed off the crossbar.
Despite steadily deteriorating field conditions due to intermittent rainfall, the sides tallied a combined total of 37 shots and a handful of prime scoring opportunities, including several during a short span of rapid back and forth play midway through the second half.
Endicott freshman Zach Rizzo (Redding, Conn.) had one of the best scoring chances of the afternoon at the 59:06 mark, when the forward had an open look at a vacant net but his shot trickled wide to the left. On the Monks’ next trip downfield, Palmer unleashed a shot to the right corner of the net from about 20 yards out, but Endicott keeper Austin Peluso (Farmington, Conn.) dove to his left and punched the ball just past the right post to preserve the 0-0 score.
SJC freshman keeper Scott Benner (Post Falls, Idaho) made four saves to notch his 3rd shutout of the season while Peluso tallied six stops in a losing effort. The Monks held a 20-17 advantage in shots and both clubs took four corner kicks in the hard-fought contest.
With the victory, Saint Joseph’s improves to 3-2-2 in overtime games this fall.