Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer Falls At Maine In Overtime, 1-0

Mike DeSantis

Mike DeSantis

Aug. 31, 2007

Box Score

ORONO, Maine - Alex Rickett scored in the 97th minute lifting the Maine men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over UMass on Friday afternoon at Alumni Field. UMass outshot the Blackbears 15-to-5 on the day, but Maine keeper Nemanja Kostic kept the Minutemen at bay. UMass returns to action on Monday when the Minutemen travel to Dartmouth.

The teams played through a scoreless regulation period as both sides had chances, but each time the opposing keeper was up to the challenge. Kostic made a great save on sophomore Bryan Hogan (Lititz, Pa.) just minutes into the first half. Maine nearly broke the deadlock with 24 minutes remaining in the game when Jimmy Velas broke through the UMass defense firing a shot on UMass keeper Zack Simmons (Durham, N.H.) who made one of his three saves in the game.

UMass had the first chance in overtime when freshman Ben Arikian (West Islip, N.Y.) had a shot, but a diving save by Kostic kept the game scoreless.

With less than four minutes to play in the first overtime, Velas found Rickett to the right of UMass keeper Simmons. Rickett had a shot that beat him wide to the back left corner of the goal, giving the Black Bears the 1-0 win.

Kostic finished the game making seven saves, while Simmons made three saves and allowed one goal for the Minutemen.

The game was the debut for Maine coach Pat Laughlin, who was named head coach in January.




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