Husson 1, Wentworth Tech 1 (OT)
Husson (0-0-1) goal: Alie Essallamy (penalty kick); Wentworth (0-0-1) goal: Noah Martins; assist: Nathan Gosselin
Goalies, Husson: Kyle Townsend 6 saves; Wentworth: Philip Chomicki 5 saves
BANGOR, Maine – Husson University (0-0-1) and Wentworth Institute of Technology (0-0-1) dueled to a 1-1 tie through double overtime in both teams’ 2018 season opener at John P. Boucher Field on Friday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Wentworth broke the scoreless stalemate with an impressive individual effort by Noah Martins, who received a lateral pass from Nathan Gosselin, and unleashed a shot that snuck just inside the left post at the 30:53 mark.
The Eagles scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute, when Ali Essallamy buried a penalty kick after a Husson player was fouled in the box.
In overtime, both teams had a handful of close scoring chances, but neither team could land the winning goal.
Kyle Townsend made six saves in net for the Eagles.
Wentworth netminder Philip Chomicki recorded five saves.
Wentworth held advantage in shots (20-11), shots on goal (7-6) and in corner kicks (8-5). The Eagles fended off the Leopards for the remaining 69:23 of the game while playing a man down.
“Can’t speak highly enough of the character we showed as a team today,” slated head coach Gavin Penny. “Our determination and grit to succeed came through in the end and we earned a well deserved point. It’s a shame that poor decisions change games and one that we had to deal with today. To go that long with ten men against a top team in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) I think illustrates what we are able to accomplish this year. We are still nursing a few injuries but we’ll be ready for Becker’s arrival tomorrow afternoon. All in all I am proud of every one of them.”
This contest marks the first ever matchup on the pitch between the Eagles and the Leopards.
Husson returns to action tomorrow with a 3:00 p.m. home game versus Becker College.