Husson Gets By MMA In Double Overtime



CASTINE — The Maine Maritime Academy Men’s Soccer team lost a hard fought contest, falling 2-1 in double overtime to the visiting Eagles from Husson University on Friday night in a North Atlantic Conference match-up. Sophomore Edwin Acosta (Honduras) scored off of a deflection by the MMA keeper in the 108th minute to give the Eagles the victory.

The Mariners started the scoring in the 23rd minute when Abdullah Alkhayyat (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) split two Husson defenders and scored an unassisted goal to give MMA the 1-0 lead.

The Eagles knotted the score at 1-1 in the 68th minute when Mark Trombley (Burnham, ME) blasted a shot from 20-yards out past MMA goalie Jeff Butland (Cumberland, ME). The goal was unassisted but set up by quick transition from a Maine Maritime turnover at midfield. Husson controlled play for the next 22-minutes but failed to get the game winner and the contest went to overtime.

With six minutes left in the second overtime, MMA striker Nate Tipton (West Chester, PA), had MMA’s best scoring chance, but flicked the ball over the open net keeping the score tied at 1-1. With 1:22 left on the clock, the Mariners had a costly foul that set up a direct kick for Husson, which eventually resulted in the game-winning goal. Jeff Butland made the initial save on the kick but the ball squirted away from him and Acosta was there to settle it and tuck it into the back of the net for the game winner.

Miguel Dominguez (Rome, GA) recorded the win for the Eagles making 1 save on the evening. MMA keeper Jeff Butland took the loss for MMA making 9 saves on 31 shots. MMA drops to 5-3-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the NAC while Husson improves to 4-6-1 and 1-0-1 in the NAC.

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