Presque Isle, ME – Presque Isle native Joshua Allen, playing in his first home game as an Owl, booted home the winning goal just 8 seconds before the first overtime period ended to give UMPI the 1-0 victory over Unity College.
The give and take of the match started aggressively for the Owls, as they held a 14-3 edge in shots for the first period of play. UMPI graduate and Unity head coach Jeremy Von Oesen had his well-disciplined Ram unit posed for a ball control style of attack, while the youthful Owls took a more assertive approach, especially on the offensive end.
The Presque Isle defense was strong, led by a highly motivated Erik Gumaer, the Owls allowed only 7 shots for the 99-plus minutes of the match. The stout defensive play continued on the pitch throughout the second half, both sides not wanting to give an inch. Net minders Caleb Bragg-Grady of UMPI and Unity's Brendan Wallace were outstanding when the ball reached critical range for the opponent.
Allen had several good looks at the goal, shooting 8 times in regulation, but each possession Wallace was his equal in goal. With 2:40 left in the second half, Unity senior Jacob Scoville tested Bragg-Grady twice with point blank shots that the Owl keeper blocked to send the match into the extra period.
Overtime picked up where the second half left off as both sides relied heavily on their defense and it looked like the game was heading into a second overtime until the Owl's Joshua Allen finally found his shot off of a an assist by fellow Presque Isle native Aaron Kofstad with only 8 seconds remaining.
The Owls pick up the win and will next play Sunday against USCAA foe Berkeley College of New Jersey. Homecoming is September 20th and the Owls will face Fisher College as a part of a men's/women's doubleheader that day with the women's action starting at noon. Sunday, September 21 is Alumni Sports day with the men's alumni game starting at 10am with a women's match to follow.