GAME RECAP • 9/7/2015
MEN'S SOCCER vs. ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE OF MAINE
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STANDISH, Maine – University of Maine at Fort Kent (6-0-0) edged Saint Joseph's College (1-1-1), 3-2, in an in-state men's soccer contest on Monday afternoon.
UMFK wasted no time getting on the board, as the Bengals scored twice in the first three minutes of the game. Senior Ross Downie scored on the Bengals' first shot of the match just 17 seconds into play and senior Daniel Blackwood placed a shot past the St. Joes keeper at the 2:38 mark to make it a 2-0 game before fans had a chance to settle in their seats. Kalusha Kotes was credited with an assist on Blackwood's goal.
After nearly 25 minutes of solid play by both sides, UMFK allowed their first goal in nearly 300 minutes of play when the Monks Jesse Ramirez placed an odd-angle shot low into the left corner off the net.
It was then Ralph Houanche who set up the tying goal, as he launched a direct kick directly to the head of Sean Baker who finished with a header into the upper left corner of the goal past UMFK's Butch Forbes.
The Bengals finally took advantage of a defensive breakdown to net the eventual winner at the 66:46 mark. Facing an odd-man rush after failing to clear out of their end, the Monks were out of position on the back line and the St. Joe's keeper left his post to challenge, but Fort Kent freshman Rodney Witter side-stepped the keeper and tapped the ball into an empty net.
UMFK outshot the Monks 29-6 and dominated for most of the afternoon despite giving up the two goals.
UMFK keeper Butch Forbes recorded a pair of saves on the afternoon. Monks goalkeepers Scott Benner and Blake Mullen split the match in net and combined to make 11 saves in the loss.