|University of Southern Maine||UM-Farmington|
FARMINGTON, Maine – Junior Justin Pierce (Topsham, Maine/Mount Ararat) scored his first goal of the season in the 84th minute to snap a scoreless deadlock and deliver the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 1-0 win over the UMaine Farmington Beavers in a non-conference men’s soccer game Wednesday evening at Leib Field.
Facing the prospect of its fourth overtime game of the season and potential fourth draw, Pierce’s late-game heroics earned Southern Maine its first win of the season to stand at 1-5-3. UMaine Farmington suffers its fifth straight loss, and third straight shutout, to stand at 2-6.
Southern Maine held the statistical advantage over the Beavers, outshooting UMF 21-8 for the game, but could not put a one solidly on frame, compelling UMaine Farmington goalkeeper junior Ronie Morales (Houston, Texas/George W. Hewlett) to make just two saves on three shots on goal. The Huskies held a slim 4-3 advantage on shots in the first half, but claimed a decisive 17-5 lead in shots in the second.
Despite being outshot, UMF forced Husky sophomore Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) to make his only two saves of the game in the 80th and 82nd minute to earn the shut out. After Hulbert’s two saves of the game, Southern Maine’s Kyle Curley (Gorham, Maine) headed an attempt high of the goal to swing the momentum back towards USM in the 83rd. After Curley’s attempt, Pierce broke through for the goal completing the double assist from sophomore Christopher Pepin (Bowdoinham, Maine/Mt. Ararat) and Curley for the game-winner.