STANDISH, Maine – The Husson University Eagles (1-1-1) dropped a tough match to the Saint Joseph's (Maine) Monks (3-0-0), 4-0, on the road on Tuesday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
During a quiet first half offensively for both teams, the Monks had the opportunity to take a free kick just outside the box. With some placement help from teammate Dalton Gaumer, Monks' Noah Elmore sent the kick into the back of the net to give Saint Joseph's (Maine) a 1-0 advantage going into the second half.
Throughout the remaining 45 minutes, Kyle Townsend displayed an incredible show of acrobatics in net, denying a penalty kick heading straight for the corner. He continued to stop several shots taken inside the 18-yard box. Unfortunately, after a fancy flick and some pinball action in the box, the Monks jumped ahead 3-0 with 37:15 remaining in the match, thanks to goals by Ryan Buonaiuto and Noah Robinson. Closing out the scoring with less than 14 minutes left to play, Austin Ward recorded a goal unassisted for the Monks to register the 4-0 victory.
BETWEEN THE POSTS:
Picking up a monumental save in the second half, Townsend shut down a penalty kick while accumulating a total of seven saves on the night. Taking over in net, freshman Benjamin Powell saw his first minutes on the field as an Eagle, playing the final 9:48.
Two Monks saw time in between the posts, with Blake Mullen grabbing the start and a save in the first 73:38 while David Walbridge closed out the last 16:22.
The Monks outshot the Eagles, 22-2.
"Today was a humbling experience for us. Adrian has built a top football team there and they have played us off the park today," stated Head Coach Gavin Penny. "The boys will be hurting and know that we need to improve. I hope that they will look back and learn from the simple things and correct them moving forward. We don't have time to hang our heads, we have two good teams coming up this weekend that we need to pick ourselves up for."
The Eagles will be back on the turf on Saturday, September 8th for a 12:00pm match at Western New England.