The University of Maine at Presque Isle's men's soccer team lost a hard-fought match to Fisher College over the weekend 2 to 1.
The annual Homecoming match was a game of halves as 30 mile per hour winds created difficult playing conditions for both teams. Although the Owls were playing into the strong winds during the first half they created an early scoring chance when first year player Chris Daly got open on the left wing but saw his shot glance off the crossbar only minutes into the game.
The Owls created 2 more scoring opportunities in the next 20 minutes but were unable to find the back of the net. Fisher capitalized on the use of the wind to find Tyler Gahara over the top to put the Falcon's up 1 to 0 twelve minutes into the contest. It looked like the game would go into halftime with the Owls trailing by the lone goal but Fisher found Matt Miller wide open with five minutes to play to take the 2 to 0 halftime lead.
The Owls came out strong in the second half out shooting Fisher 10 to 2 and taking 6 corners to only 1 for the Falcons. Not only did the Owls create more shots and corners then their opponents but they also took numerous long throw-ins into the Fisher college penalty area that created a great deal of pressure on the Falcon's defense.
The Owls were able to cut the lead in half with 30 minutes to play when Joshua Allen was taken down in the box and converted the penalty kick. Unfortunately, the Presque Isle 11 were unable to score the equalizer losing the game 2 to 1.
Owls head coach Alan Gordon was very pleased with how the young Owls came back after the disappointing first half. "I am pleased with the progress our young team is making over our first 7 games of the season, stated Gordon. We are continuing to work hard and I am confident that if the team continues to make progress and gain valuable game experience we will be a difficult team to play during the second half of the season."
The Owls travel to U-Maine Machias to take on the clippers on Wednesday in a 5 pm contest. The Owls will also host long-time rival U-Maine Fort Kent this coming Sunday September 28th in a 1 pm contest at Park Family field.