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Westfield State Defeats Southern Maine 4-1
Coast Guard Downs Castleton 1-0
GORHAM, Maine – Freshman Alex Dragon (South Hadley, Mass./Holyoke) scored a goal and had an assist to lead the Westfield State Owls to a 4-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in game two of the Huskies’ Fall Classic Friday evening at Hannaford Field.
With both teams playing in their season-opening games, Westfield State starts 2016 at 1-0, while Southern Maine is 0-1.
Sophomore Brodie Keene (Agawam, Mass.) put WSU up 1-0 in the 11th minute when he headed home his first goal of the season on a well-placed service from senior Joey Pantuosco (Somers, Conn.). After a foul just outside of the box, Pantuosco lofted a cross into the box and Keene flicked the ball to the far post for the score.
Southern Maine rallied to tie the game up at one goal each in the 30th minute on a brilliant piece of individual work from sophomore Hany Ramadan (Portland, Maine). After receiving the ball in the midfield, Ramadan used his speed and foot skills to break through the Westfield defense and strike for a goal to the left side of the net.
Westfield State quickly answered and went up 2-1 headed into the half as Dragon scored his first goal of the season in the 31st minute. Sophomore Bobby Gardner (Lunenburg, Mass.) played the ball in the air into the box, and Husky goalkeeper sophomoreSimon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) came off his line to intercept the cross, but Dragon snuck in and chested ball down to his feet for an easy goal in front of the next. The score remained 2-1 in favor of WSU until sophomore Legend Mu’min (Springfield, Mass./Central) and junior Connor Gilbert (Melrose, Mass.) doubled the goal total in the in the 71st and 74th minutes respectively.
Westfield State outshot USM 19-9 for the game, but had just an 8-7 advantage at the half. USM had a 3-1 advantage on corners. Hulbert made five saves in the loss for USM, while his WSU counterpart junior Alex Kraver (West Springfield, Mass.) made five saves in the win.
GAME ONE: Coast Guard 1, Castleton 0
Senior Alex Lane’s (Shorewood, Wisc.) penalty kick in the 28th minute stood as the United State Coast Guard Academy Bears defeated the Castleton University Spartans 1-0 in the first game of the 2016 Husky Fall Classic hosted by the University of Southern Maine Friday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The game was the season-opener for both squads. CGA is 1-0 and Castleton is 0-1.
Coast Guard dominated the play in the first half, edging the Spartans 5-2 in shots and controlling the pace of play. After a handball infraction was called in the box, Coast Guard was awarded the penalty kick and Lane converted to give his team the 1-0 edge. The score stood through the half.
In the second half, Castleton asserted itself and narrowly outshot the Bears 5-4, while taking a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks. The Spartans increased their pressure in the final 20 minutes forcing CGA reserve goalkeeper junior Jake Sorenson (Oakdale, Calif.) to make a pair of saves.
Sorenson, who played the final 27:56 and finished with both of the Bears’ saves, relieved starter sophomore William Bragaw (Niantic, Conn.), who did not have to make a save in 62:04 of action. Castleton goalkeeper junior Aaron Parker (Windsor, Vermont) made four saves in the loss.
Southern Maine will face Coast Guard on Saturday (4:00 p.m.). Castleton will face off against Westfield State (1:00 p.m.) in the earlier game.
— Submitted by USM Athletics