BANGOR, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Owls (0-1) opened their season at a neutral site, meeting up with the Western New England Golden Bears (2-1) at Husson University on Saturday afternoon. After playing to a scoreless draw at half, the Golden Bears put up five goals and shut the Owls out to take the 5-0 win.
Junior keeper Allie Lopez (Kingfield, ME) would record ten saves and the Owls would survive an all out assault on goal as the Western New England team would record 22 shots in the first half. The Owls would get just one opportunity in the opening frame and were not able to convert, and the two teams would go into the break with a scoreless tie.
The impressive offensive attack continued for the Golden Bears in the second half and at the 58 minute mark, they were finally able to break through. Brooke Labrie (SR, Granby, MA) would set it up beautifully, putting a perfect pass in to the middle of the field and Maddie Morgan (JR, Upton, MA) was able to take advantage and put the ball in the back of the net. It took just a minute and seventeen seconds for Western New England to score again as a corner kick off the foot of Katelyn Cummings (SR, Feeding Hills, MA) sailed into a group of players and deflected off of Samantha Emmert (SR, Hyde Park, NY) and trickled into the far side of the net. The third goal of the day would come off of a corner kick again. This time it was Cummings hitting her spot, delivering the ball to the front of the goal where Danielle Dixon (JR, Plainville, CT) was waiting to find the back of the net on a header. Junior Iman Shehemi (Feeding Hills, MA) would add two more goals to stretch the lead and complete the 5-0 victory for Western New England.
Lopez would record 17 saves on the day for the Owls.
Head Coach Trevor Parent talked about his team's effort after the game, "WNEC is a well coached team with a positive program culture. We did a decent job for the first sixty minutes of the game keeping our shape, keeping their chances limited from the outside and dictating where the crosses were coming from into the box. That being said our fitness was a struggle after the first goal. Very proud of our girls and the effort, we go again tomorrow against another tough NCAA opponent."
The Owls continue in the Husson Classic by facing the host team at 1 PM on Sunday.