Fredericton, NB – The University of Maine-Presque Isle men's soccer team traveled to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada Wednesday to take on St. Thomas University. The Owls were playing without three key starters and felt the results, losing 5-0.
St. Thomas opened the scoring 20 minutes into the first-half when senior Diego Ponce took advantage of a poorly positioned Owl defensive wall, scoring off a direct kick from 20 yards out. The Tommies would score two more goals in the last two minutes of the first-half on defensive miscues taking a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Owl mentor Alan Gordon would see the Owls play a fundamentally stronger brand of soccer in the second half, but without the scoring punch of players like USCAA All-American Derek Healy, the younger Owls have not stepped up offensively as of yet. "We were unable to create any real quality scoring chances," noted Gordon.
The Owls are also missing the experience of those starters out of the lineup on the defensive end as well, with the Tommies punching home two more goals in the last 9 minute of play to cement the 5-0 victory for the home squad. "Once again, St. Thomas took advantage of mistakes in the back and that led to two more goals."
Sophomore keeper Caleb Bragg-Grady continued his outstanding work in the net for Presque Isle, stopping 9 quality shots from the Tommies crew. "Caleb made some excellent saves throughout the game, he was the lone bright spot for the Owls," said Gordon.
The Owls fall to 0-2-1 on the season. The men from Presque Isle will next travel to Standish, ME on Saturday, September 6 to take on a strong NCAA opponent, St. Joseph's of Maine. Action starts at 1pm and live video will be available at: http://portal.stretchinternet.com/sjme/