|Castleton University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn.) scored his second goal of the game with just seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lift the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a season-opening 2-1 overtime win over the Castleton University Spartans in the first game of the 2017 Husky Challenge Classic.
With the win, Southern Maine is 1-0 to start the season, while the Spartans are 0-1. Southern Maine will face Westifeld State, a 2-1 double overtime winner over the United States Coast Guard Academy, for the championship on Saturday.
Anderson scored his game-winner in the 100th minute, just 44 seconds before time expired in the overtime half, after freshman Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) won a ball in the midfield and sent a perfectly placed through ball to create a breakaway opportunity for Anderson. With the ball sent forward, Anderson used his speed to run onto the ball getting in behind the Spartan defense. In the box, Anderson used a good touch past the keeper and dropped the ball in to the far post.
Anderson’s first goal of the game came early, when he stripped a Spartan defender and beat the keeper to the inside for a 1-0 USM lead 5:28 into the game. USM led Castleton through the half and into the second stanza, before senior Derek Blouin (Enosburg Falls, Vt.) brought his team even with a header in the 65th minute. Blouin redirected a cross off of the foot of sophomore Jack Kingdon (Woodbury, Conn./Nonnewuag) for the equalizer. The rest of the game battered the ball back and forth before heading into overtime where Anderson sank Castleton.
Castleton outshot USM 18-9, and had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks in the loss. Southern Maine goalkeeper freshman Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana/South Kent (Conn.)) earned his first collegiate win making seven saves. Spartan senior Aaron Parker (White River Junction, Vt.) made a pair of saves in the loss.