GORHAM, Maine – In a well-played contest the University of Southern Maine Huskies' men's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with the Keene State College Owls in a Little East Conference men's soccer game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the draw, Southern Maine remains undefeated at home this season and moves its record to 4-51, and 0-2-1 in the Little East. Keene State is now 5-2-3, and remains unbeaten in the conference at 2-0-1
Outshooting the Huskies 20-10 in the game but just 4-2 on goal, Keene State found itself trailing Southern Maine 1-0 just 30 seconds before the end of the first half. After a near-miss goal from freshman Clinton Mungetan (Concord, N.H. that was cleared off the Huskies' line by senior Charlie Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus), the Huskies were able to counter and get ahead of KSC. Freshman Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) played a ball forward through the KSC defense and found a sprinting freshman Benjamin Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) in the box. Musese then played the ball to the far post past the dive of KSC goalkeeper Jason Smith.
USM remained ahead of the Owls until the 67th minute when senior William Salta (Laconia, N.H.) calmly converted a penalty kick to even up the score. The Owls were awarded a penalty kick when a player was taken down in the box.
With the score tied up at one goal each, the Owls and the Huskies battled through regulation. KSC had six shots in the second half, and USM had five. In overtime KSC dominated the statistics outshooting USM 6-2, but both goalkeepers were up to the task to preserve to draw, making key clearances.
KSC senior goalkeeper Jason Smith (Gales Ferry, Conn./Ledyard) made one save for the Owls, while freshman Richard Glemawu (Accra, Ghana/South Kent (Conn.) turned back a pair of shots.
Southern Maine returns to action on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.) in a non-conference game at Thomas College. Keene State travels to Worcester State (7:00 p.m.).