(Courtesy Maine Maritime Academy SID office)
CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy exploded for six goals in the second half to rout Maine-Presque 6-0 in men's soccer at Ritchie Field Sunday afternoon. Six different players accounted for the tallies on what was the Mariners' most productive offensive day since a 6-1 defeat of Unity in September, 2010.
With the win, Maine Maritime improved to 7-5 on the year, while the Owls slipped to 6-7.
Bryan Soucy (Windham, Maine) solved Presque Isle's keeper, Joshua MacKinnon (Jr./Lismore, Nova Scotia) 6:47 into the second period, netting his second goal of the season. It stood up as his second game-winning goal of the year as well.
Soucy's shot from the top of the box finished a wild scramble that began with a well-placed cross from Abdullah Alkhayyat (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) that resulted in a point blank shot for Benjamin Russell (Farmington, Maine). MacKinnon came up with the most brilliant of his seven saves in the game, denying Russell, but sending a rebound to the top of the box. Nicholas George (Bangor, Maine) tried to bang it home from there, but caught the crossbar. Soucy collected the carom up top and found the third shot in the flurry to be the charm.
After needing 51:47 to break through, Maine Maritime needed only 1:14 to double its lead when David Clough (Mt. Vernon, Maine) sent a cross through the box to be headed home by George for his team-leading seventh goal of the year. The Mariners got another quick pair 11:34 later. Chad McDonnell's (E. Lyme, Conn.) throw-in from was headed by Clough over to Kyle Haslam (Lamoine, Maine), who then headed home his sixth goal of the season. That was followed by an Alkhayyat penalty shot into the right corner 53 seconds later.
Maine Maritime fired 26 shots in the game, including 14 in the second half. UMPI got eight shots off, four in each half. William Trace Lacour (Charlottesville, Va.) and Jesse Perkins (Bangor, Maine) split the shutout. Lacour had four saves in exactly 71 minutes of work. Perkins stopped one in the balance.
Maine Maritime returns to action on Saturday when the Mariners host Green Mountain in North Atlantic Conference play. UMPI will travel to Thomas next Saturday.