PRESQUE ISLE, ME – The University of Maine at Presque Isle Women's Soccer team (2-5-1) won in dramatic fashion on homecoming weekend. A goal with time winding down would give the Owls a 2-1 victory over the Unity Rams (4-2-1).
UMPI would take the lead early, in the first minute Sam Nadeau (JR, St. David, ME) would set up senior Carla Halvorson (Easton, ME) for an opportunity from the right side. Halvorson's attempt deflected off a defender and turned into a high arcing shot that sailed over the keeper's head and into the net. The two teams would trade opportunities throughout the half, but neither one could connect, and the game would go to intermission with the home team leading 1-0.
The Owls would get many more opportunities in the second half, outshooting the Rams 15-5 in the period. However, it would be Unity that would find the net, in the 62nd minute Samantha Jalkowski (FR, Delanco, ME) would tie the game at one. Teams would trade opportunities, and it looked as though this match was destined for overtime, but a controversial play with time winding down would change that. The Owls were threatening and a loose ball in front of the net concluded with the Unity keeper and an Owls player colliding. With the keeper on the ground tangled with other players the ball squirted towards the center of the goal, and Nadeau would take advantage, firing the ball into the back of the net with just 26 seconds remaining. Despite protests from Unity, the goal would stand, and the Rams' last gasp effort would be smothered by keeper Allie Lopez (JR, Kingfield, ME) and the Owls would secure a 2-1 victory.
The Owls will wrap up their home schedule on Tuesday as they will host U Maine Machias. That game will be played at the Presque Isle Middle School, on the turf and under the lights, a 7 PM start.