UMaine Farmington Gets OT Winner, Defeats Southern Maine 4-3

USM Senior Kelly Burrell Scored Two Goals in a 4-3 OT Loss at UMaine Farmington.
USM Senior Kelly Burrell Scored Two Goals in a 4-3 OT Loss at UMaine Farmington.
           FARMINGTON, Maine  – Senior Alexandra Crocker (Glenburn, Maine/Orono) headed in the game-winning goal in the 102nd minute to lift the University of Maine at Farmington Beavers to a 4-3 double-overtime win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference women's soccer game Tuesday afternoon at Prescott Field. 

         Winners of five of its last six games and its last two games consecutively, UMaine Farmington improves to 8-7 overall.  Playing in its second overtime game of the season, Southern Maine falls to 2-13-1 overall, suffering its ninth straight loss.

         Crocker was in the right place at the right time to deliver the win for the Beavers collecting the rebound off of sophomore Bridget Humphrey's (Jefferson, Maine/Erskine Academy) saved scoring attempt for her second game-winning goal of the season.  The win is just the second for the Beavers in the 22-game series between the two schools with the Huskies' owning the series record at 17-2-3.

         Crocker and Humphrey provided a majority of the UMF offense helping the Beavers grab a 2-0 lead in the opening 21 minutes of the first half.  Crocker finished an assist from Humphrey in the 11th minute, while Humphrey netted a goal of her own on an unassisted strike in the 21st minute.

         Trailing 2-0 midway through first half, the Huskies relied on the scoring ability of senior Kelly Burrell (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) to pull even with UMF before the halftime break. Burrell scored back-to-back goals with an unassisted tally in the 28th minute while finishing an assist from classmate Becca Tanous (Peaks Island, Maine/McAuley) in the 38th minute.  The goals are Burrell's first two of the season. 

         Senior Avalon Amador (Farmington, Maine/Mt. Blue) put the Beavers ahead 3-2 in the 57th minute finishing an assist from sophomore Katie Clark (Westbrook, Maine), before the Huskies again rallied to keep pace with UMaine Farmington.  This time, Southern Maine junior CC Pelletier (West Newfield, Maine/Massabesic) pushed through for the equalizer in the 69th minute with her second goal of the season setting up the overtime period.

         In the first overtime, both teams battled through a scoreless 10 minutes.  UMF had a majority of the chances in the opening OT, but USM junior goalkeeper Marissa Temple (Grafton, Mass.) denied the UMF making three saves. In the second overtime, the Beavers finally broke through in the first 76 seconds with Crocker getting the opportune game-winner.

         Temple turned in another strong performance for the Huskies making 14 saves in the loss.  Temple's UMF counterpart junior Sam Hatch (Hebron, Maine/Oxford Hills) made four saves in the win.  Both teams were relatively even in offensive opportunities with UMF holding a 21-15 advantage in shots and Southern Maine holding a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks.

         For its next contest, Southern Maine travels to Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game.  UMaine Farmington hosts New England College in a North Atlantic Conference game on Saturday (12:00 p.m.).