|University of Southern Maine||University of New England|
BIDDEFORD, Maine – Sophomore Hany Ramadan scored his third goal of the season in the 48th minute, erasing a one-goal deficit, to help the University of Southern Maine Huskies secure a 1-1 double overtime draw with the University of New England Noreasters Monday night at Barbara J. Hazard Field in Biddeford, Maine.
The draw is the third of the season for Southern Maine, which stands at 0-4-3 overall. The Noreasters, also no stranger to a tied game, earned their third consecutive double-overtime draw and fourth of the season to move to 1-2-4.
UNE took an early 1-0 lead when sophomore Lee Esposito tucked a left-footed shot in to the upper right corner of the goal in the fourth minute converting a feed from freshman Jose Escamilla . The Noreasters maintained their one-goal advantage through the first half despite being outshot by the Huskies 8-2. UNE goalkeeper sophomore Tom Benoit made four saves in the first 45 minutes.
Southern Maine pulled even with UNE early, as Ramadan took advantage of a Noreasters’ miscue in the back to easily score on an open net. Following the Ramadan goal, both teams had shots on frame but neither could earn the game winner, forcing regulation.
In the first overtime, the Huskies had the lone offensive chance as Ramadan put one on target but could not beat Benoit. UNE controlled the offense in the second overtime, outshooting USM 4-1; however Husky sophomore Simon Hulbert was up to the task making three of his seven saves in the game, including an outstanding effort in the final second of the game to preserve the draw. UNE’s Benoit finished with eight saves.