ORONO, Maine – Kayla Brace converted a penalty kick in the first half and Kendra Ridley scored off a corner in the second half to lead the University of Maine soccer team to a 2-1 win over Marist on Sunday afternoon at Mahaney Diamond.
The Black Bears (2-4-1) took the lead on Brace’s second goal of the year in the ninth minute and continued to carry the momentum for much of the first half. The UMaine offense displayed crisp passes and patience in moving the ball the width of the field.
After Marist (3-4-0) had tied the game on a jumbled play in the waning minutes of the first half, it took another 30 minutes for another goal to come. But with the goal, Ridley earned her first career game-winning goal and the 2-1 win for the Black Bears.
In goal, Annalena Kriebisch (2-4-1) made four saves and had a daring play in the final two minutes when she charged the ball and slide at the left side of the six to negate the Red Foxes’ chance at a game-tying goal. At the other end of the field, Makala Foley (3-4-0) and Ashley Houghton each played one half with neither making a save.
Brace now leads the Black Bears with two goals and one assist for five points while Ridley has the first point-streak of her career at two games.
Marist held the final edge in shots (14-6) and corner kicks (6-2).