GORHAM, Maine – Holding on to a 1-0 advantage for nearly 75 minutes of the game on Tuesday night, the Eagles were 70 seconds away from earning the shutout, but the University of Southern Maine Huskies (2-12-2, 1-5-1 LEC) found the back of the net just in time to push the match into extra minutes at Hannaford Field. After 20 minutes of overtime, the score remained at a 1-1 draw to conclude the regular season for Husson with an overall record of 7-8-3 (5-1-1 NAC).
With the draw, Husson continued their five-game unbeaten streak. Tuesday night's match marked the fifth time in the 44-game series between the two schools that the match has ended in a tie.
The Eagles captured an early 1-0 lead in the first half on a set piece goal in the 15th minute. Paxton Oversmith headed the ball to the far post on a corner kick service from classmate Rod Ghanayem for his third goal of the season. The Eagles carried the lead throughout and looked on their way to a 1-0 win before Jonata Mbongo's late-game activity. With time winding down, Mbongo was able to get his head on an aerial cross from teammate Sam Anderson for the equalizer in the 89th minute.
Both teams had solid chances in the extra time. Husson hit the crossbar and the post, while Southern Maine misfired on one-versus-one situations twice in the contest.
"We love to make things hard for ourselves," commented Head Coach Gavin Penny. "We had this game in the bag and we let them back in the game with a minute left. We have to be better in front of goal. For all the possession and all the chances we had, we still are not scoring enough goals to win games. The guys have to be disappointed with themselves. All that work tonight has amounted to very little."
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Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Simon Hulbert made six saves in the draw. Husson's Kyle Townsend shut down four shots.
The Eagles held the advantage in both shots, 20-16, and corners, 6-5.
The Eagles finished out the season as the third-seed after several tie-breaking procedures. They will open up the North Atlantic Conference tournament hosting UMaine-Farmington for a quarterfinal matchup this weekend with time TBD.