Owls and Clippers Fight to a Tie

Owls and Clippers Fight to a Tie

PRESQUE ISLE – The Owls squared off with a tough Machias Clippers team on Wednesday night.  Neither team would end up taking the edge, and the contest would end in a 3-3 tie.

UMPI would take the early lead as Sam Nadeau (SO, St. David, ME) would set up Bethany Heald (JR, Enfield, ME) who would convert for the first goal of the game.  After the Clippers would tie the game up, Mikaelah Tracy (JR, Houlton, ME) would bend a corner kick that would land inside the net and put the Owls up 2-1.  With time winding down in the first half Autumn Poulin (SO, Winslow, ME) extended the UMPI lead.  She was assisted by Jessy Dickison (SO, Houlton, ME), and the Owls took a 3-1 lead into the half.

Shortly into the second half the Clippers tightened the lead.  Josie Griffin (FR, Glen Head, NY) would put an unassisted goal into the net.  The two teams traded opportunities over the next few minutes, but it wasn't until the 66th minute that the Clippers would tie the game.  Brooklynne Lewis (SO, Anson, ME) found the back of the net with the goal that would eventually lead to overtime.  Neither team could take the lead from that point on as regulation drew to end. 

The first overtime period was a one-sided affair.  Machias would turn in four shots to UMPI's zero, but the Owls' keeper Allie Lopez (SO, Kingfield, ME) would record two saves in that period to keep the score knotted at three.  The second overtime saw the Owls chasing the victory only to have a couple of golden opportunities missing wide of the net, and two more Lopez saves.  Presque Isle would also get two late corner kick attempts, but could not find the net.  Time ran out on both teams and they had to settle with a 3-3 tie.

"The result from tonight's game is a positive," said Head Coach Trevor Parent.  "We are continuing to fine tune our shape and organizations.  It could have been easy to get down on ourselves after letting the Clippers back into the game, but we tightened the screws and pressed on.  I'm happy for the girls, now we prepare for the team from the north."

The Owls will be on the road this weekend.  They travel to Fort Kent on Saturday for a 1 PM start.  On Sunday they will make their way to Maine Maritime for a 3 PM game.