The good news for the University of Maine-Presque Isle women's soccer team is after a rash of mid-season injuries the team is beginning to get healthy. Perhaps the bad news for the Owls is that they have no opportunity to "ease" back into action as the team is in the middle of the toughest part of this season's schedule.
This weekend Me.-Presque Isle lost to two solid NCAA Division III program, first on Saturday at Thomas College and then Sunday at St. Joseph's of Maine. With two games remaining in the 2012 campaign, the Owls are now 4-9. They return to the pitch this Wednesday when they travel to UMaine-Machias for a 5pm tilt.
Thomas College 2, OWLS 1
Elizabeth Goodall (Oakfield, Maine) scored in the final minute of play to edge the Thomas Terriers (4-10, 1-6 NAC) over University of Maine-Presque Isle (4-8) in a non-conference women's soccer matchup on Saturday afternoon.
Jenn Day (Gardiner, Maine) scored the first goal of the contest at the 10:47 mark on a strike from outside the box for her tally of the season. The goal would hold as the game-winner until Cassie Cyr (Fr./Madawaska, ME) would beat the Thomas keeper on an assist from Chelsea Lynds-Beaulieu (So./Presque Isle, ME) at 70:50.
The game looked headed for extra time until Goodall would get a perfectly crossed ball from Day in the box, beating the Owls goalie with just 13 seconds left.
Taylor Ussery (Sr./La Verne, CA) registered a game high 11 saves in net for Presque-Isle, while her counterpart Kate Thibodeau (Woolwich, Maine) had seven stops.
The Terriers held a 23-12 shot advantage in the win.
St. Joseph's (ME) 8, OWLS 0
Saint Joseph's (7-4-2, 3-4-2 GNAC) breezed past University of Maine-Presque Isle (4-9), 8-0, in non-conference women's soccer action on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon at Westerlea Way Field. Sophomore forward Kim Jordan (Bangor, Maine) scored a pair of goals.
Sophomore Danielle Daigle (Dayton, Maine) opened the scoring with her team-leading sixth goal of the season off a Jodi Pollack (Andover, Mass.) feed 6:49 after the opening whistle. Pollack hit pay dirt herself 10 minutes later to provide the hosts with an early 2-0 cushion.
The Monks proceeded to put the game away with four goals in a matter of nine minutes, starting with a Lizzie Calnan (Westport, Mass.) marker at the 30:03 mark. Jordan netted her first goal of the day in the 32nd minute, Ashley Beaulieu (Durham, Maine) scored in the 38th minute, and Jordan found the back of the net again at the 38:59 time-stamp to lift St. Joe's to 6-0 advantage. Beaulieu increased the SJC lead to 7-0 with 38 seconds remaining in the first half and freshman Hannah Leblanc (Andover, Mass.) capped the game scoring with her second goal of the season 44 seconds into the second stanza.
St. Joe's junior netminder Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) made five saves to post her seventh shutout of the season while her counterpart, Presque Isle senior keeper Taylor Ussery (Sr./La Verne, Calif.), registered 13 stops in a losing effort.
Saint Joseph's held advantages in shots (23-7), shots on goal (21-5) and corner kicks (4-1) in the victory.
With the triumph, St. Joe's improves to 19-5-3 in the history of the series with Maine-Presque Isle and has now defeated the Owls in eight straight meetings. Prior to this afternoon, the Monks had not played UMPI since the 2007 campaign.