Presque Isle, Maine -- A shorthanded Maine-Presque Isle team upset the #8 ranked USCAA Maine-Machias Clippers 1-0 Saturday afternoon at Park Family Field.
The Owls, playing without leading scorer Josh Allen, who was out with a concussion seemed to be a decided underdog, as the Presque Isle crew had just lost to Machias 7-0 on September 24th. But as they say, that is why they play the game…
The match was tied 0-0 after 45 minutes of solid back and forth action that saw neither team take a foothold on the game. For the half, Presque Isle held a 10-7 advantage in shots and 2-0 in corner kicks.
After a rousing halftime speech, the Owl took the offensive and less than two minutes into the second period, the deciding goal was scored off the foot of freshman Chris Daly. Daly connected on a crossing pass from Dan Swallow in the right corner, putting home the goal just past the out stretched arms of Clipper keeper Everett Senetar.
Presque Isle would play a technically sound game of possession soccer for the rest of the 43 minutes of the match, played on an increasingly messy field, due to the unrelenting mist of the northern Maine fall weather. Machias had chances to even the tilt, outshooting Presque Isle 8-3 in the second stanza, but with each moment ticking, the usually strong Machias fortitude was weakening and the Caleb Bragg-Grady led defense was tightening.
Owl Keeper Caleb Bragg-Grady once again played goal like an All-American, making 11 saves for the match including several outstanding point blank shots from the talented Machias frontline. Senetar had 8 saves for the Clippers. Presque Isle won the corner kick battle 3-0, while the Clippers held an edge in shots 15-13 for the match. Bragg-Grady is now third nationally in saves and leads the AD3I in saves and is second in save percentage.
The Owls are now 2-8-1 and Clippers 4-5, after losing their last two matches to fellow UMaine Rivals Presque Isle and Fort Kent.