|UM-Farmington||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine –Sophomore Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn./Bristol Central) scored three goals, recording the first “hat trick” for a University of Southern Maine men’s soccer player since Sinisa Bajic ’10 in 2006 to lead the Huskies to a 3-2 win over the UMaine Farmington Beavers in a non-conference men’s soccer game Wednesday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
After dropping back-to-back overtime losses, Southern Maine returns to the win column and improves its record to 4-5 on the season. UMaine Farmington evens out at 4-4 with the loss.
Anderson scored his first two goals of the game just three minutes a part in the first half to spot Southern Maine a 2-0 lead at the break. Anderson’s first goal came in the 22nd minute after senior Jonathan Bobe (Portland, Maine) won the ball at midfield and fed the speedy Anderson with a lead pass. Anderson made it 2-0 in the 25th minute running on to an outstanding through ball from senior Qutaiba Hassoon (Portland, Maine/Deering). Even on corner kicks at 2-2 in the first 45 minutes, USM had a 6-3 advantage in shots.
Anderson completed the “hat trick” in the 53rd minute on a strong individual effort. After collecting a loose ball just outside of the 18, Anderson beat two defenders one-on-one and then slotted the ball home to the far post for the 3-0 lead. USM looked in control of the game, and maintained a 3-0 lead late into the game, but UMF made a push.
The Beavers scored their first goal of the game in the 72nd minute when they were awarded a penalty kick following a corner. Sophomore Andrew Longhurst (Middletown, Del./Appoquinimink) put UMF on the board converting the kick. The Beavers continued to press and pulled to within a goal of USM in the 88th minute. Sophomore Jon Randolph (Buckfield, Maine) took advantage of a failed clear attempt and put his head on the ball for his second goal of the season with minutes to play. With its advantage cut to one, USM settled itself and ran out the time to hold on for the win.
Southern Maine freshman goalkeeper Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana/South Kent (Conn.)) earned the win making three saves in 67:16 of action. Junior Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) relieved Glemawu, allowing two goals in 22:44. UMF senior Matt Wilson (Hamden, Conn.) and sophomore Michael Pingree (Cornish, Maine/Sacopee Valley) split duty in net. Wilson allowed a pair of goals and made a pair of saves in 45 minutes, while Pingree allowed one goal in the final 45.
Southern Maine returns to action on Saturday (3:00 p.m.) hosting Little East Conference opponent Keene State. UMF hosts Thomas College (1:30 p.m.) in a North Atlantic Conference game.
Notes: Anderson’s third goal was the first time a Husky men’s soccer player to score three goal in a game since Bajic scored four goals against UMass Dartmouth (10/14/2006). Bajic’s four goals in a USM single-game record. Bajic is being inducted into the 2017 Husky Hall of Fame on Saturday.