DESPITE FLOURISH AT END, OWLS DROP MATCH TO GATORS

DESPITE FLOURISH AT END, OWLS DROP MATCH TO GATORS

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Gator midfielder Mahamadou Coulibaly played a role in both goals as Pine Manor closed out their inaugural season with a 2-1 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle Friday evening at Hedley Field.

Sophomore back Erik Gumaer led the Owls with five shots, including three put on frame. Goalkeeper Caleb Bragg-Grady made five saves for the visitors.

The game was fast paced from the beginning, but remained scoreless until the 12 mark when Coulibaly put away his third goal of the season. The Gators took control of the ball in the Owls' defensive third with the ball eventually ending up on Nathaniel Hayes's foot. He then chipped it over the Maine-Presque Isle backline and found Coulibaly for the volley finish.

The score would remain tied until the 39:35 when the hosts were able to extend their lead. Pine Manor played the ball back-and-forth across the Owls' penalty area until Coulibaly found freshman forward Ricardo Stewart who slid the ball into the far post giving the Gators the two-goal lead.

The Owls would cut the Gator advantage in half as senior midfielder RJ Jones headed in a cross from junior Seth Cote to make the score 2-1.  The Owls continued to put the pressure on as they searched for the equalizer, but were unable to register another score.

Maine-Presque Isle had a great chance to tie the game in the 86th minute as Joshua Allen was able to put his shot on target, but the Gators keeper stabbed the kick to preserve the 2-1 victory.

Pine Manor completes the first season in program history with a 5-5 record and will look to build on that success next year.

The Owls will have very little time to recover as they are back in action in less than 24 hours. They visit Fisher tomorrow at 3 p.m.