The women of Presque Isle came away with a valiant victory over the home standing UM-Machias Clippers Wednesday evening 3-2. The triumph marked only the second time the Owls have experienced a win over the traditionally powerful Clippers in the last ten meetings.
Twenty minutes into the match the Owls struck first. Freshman Alana Pratt scored her first collegiate goal by capturing a long crossing pass to the right side and sneaking a shot by Clippers keeper Aisling Farragher-Gemma. The rookies goal gave Presque Isle a 1-0 advantage.
The Owl lead would grow to 2-0 at 38:09, after a scrum in front of the Clipper net allowed Sam Nadeau to punch home her 9th goal on the year.
Moments after the start of the second period, freshman Janae Libby would send a 30 yard through ball to Bethany Heald, who ripped a shot past Farragher-Gemma. The goal, Heald's third on the season, put the Owls ahead 3-0 with 43 minutes left in the match.
The Clippers would fight back scoring two goals within two minutes to cut the Owl advantage to 3-2. Clipper Hailey Wegner would light the scoreboard at 58:45 and teammate Samantha Shaneybrook added another goal at 59:29.
Those two Clipper goals to cut the lead to one goal for the visiting Owls ignited a firestorm of pressure on the defensive end for the Clippers. Owl keeper Alison Lopez was equal to the tasks and turned away several point blank shots until the Machias attack lost most of its strength at about the 65 minute mark. Freshman Lopez turned away 7 Machias shots for the match.
The win moves the Owls to 3-4 and the Clippers are now 3-3. The Owls will take a bit of a break, next hosting Machias on Saturday, October 4th at 1pm. That match, a part of a doubleheader with the men, is the annual Blue Out Game. All fans are invited to support the Owls and wear blue, with the first 100 fans in attendance receiving a free BLUE OUT t-shirt.