Presque Isle, ME - The UMPI Owls and the Fisher College Falcons couldn't determine a winner after 90 minutes of intense men's soccer play so the two squads played two more 10-minute Overtime Periods before both teams had to settle for a 1 to 1 tie. The Owls (4-6-1) and the Falcons (1-5-1) battled the entire 110 minutes of end to end action in a tremendous soccer game between the two teams.
The energy level was high right from the start of the game and both clubs played with a great deal of emotion throughout the first 45 minutes of play. Despite the continuous action, neither team could find a way to get a leg up on the other. Fisher outshot UMPI 9 to 2 in the opening half however, they did not dominate play as that stat would suggest. Both teams had approximately the same amout of time of ball control.
At the 55:29 mark freshman forward Rolando Pinero got a pass from another freshman, Diamond Williams, on a breakaway, and Owls goalie Caleb Thompson did not have much of a chance to make the save as Pinero had a lot of net to work with. The Falcons 1 to 0 lead looked as though it might last as it was not until 18 minutes later that Me-Presque Isle was able to tie the score on a Stephen Cochrane (FR. Deer Isle, ME) goal which was assisted by Paul Kaplan (So. Embden, ME).
The two teams continued their physical play to the delight of the crowd on hand, looking for an advantage to knock the winning goal home but both goal keepers and defenses were stingy. UMPI keeper Caleb Thompson (So. Washburn, ME) made both a sliding and diving save in the second hald to help preserve the tie. Falcons goalie Christopher Garcia made 4 stops and his defense was able to clear out a number of balls when the Owls were on the attack. Fisher finished with 16 shots on net and UMPI had 10, while the visitors had 3 corner kicks and UMPI with 2.
"I was extremely pleased with our total team effort vs. Fisher today," commented veteran UMPI Coach Alan Gordon. "We were playing down a man for almost the entire 2nd half and still finding the desire and strength to control play and score the tying goal, was outstanding for such a young team who is still trying to learn how to play together."
Next up: The UMaine-Presque Isle Men's Team will Host Thomas College on Saturday, October 6th at 2:30PM and Unity College Sunday, October 7th at 2:00PM.