GAME RECAP • 9/1/2016
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. GORDON COLLEGE
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Wenham, Massachusetts--The University of Maine Fort Kent women's soccer team had a much tougher opener than they expected. The three time defending USCAA National Champions are coming off on off the most dominant seasons in any sport where they went 22-2 and outscored their opponents 134-12 last season. On Friday afternoon, after dominating the game from start to finish, a goal three minutes into the second overtime period by newcomer Sherifatu Sumaila, her second of the game, propelled the Bengals past Gordon College, 2-1.
The Bengals dominated the game from the get-go, but could not find the back of the net. A couple early chances for the Bengals resulted in missed opportunities. Gordon took advantage of a UMFK miscue at midfield in the 31st minute, when a turnover resulted in a counter attack for the Scots. sophomore Jill Kefalas beat her mark on the outside and found enough daylight to get a clear look at the goal, but her initial attempt was snuffed out by goalkeeper Valentina Green. The ball shot back into the air across the face of the net where junior Jessica Harper was waiting for the easy tap in.
UMFK would continue to control play, but trailed 1-0 at the break, despite outshooting their opponents, 8-6. The second half was more of the same for the Bengals. They outshot Gordon 17-2, and finally put on in the back of the net when Senior Marie-Laurence Montagne sent a ball through and Sumaila swiftly turned and drilled the ball to the back of the net. The score would remain tied, despite the Bengals having numerous chances to win it in regulation.
In overtime, neither team scored through the first ten minutes, but Sumaila, who took 16 shots for UMFK, took another through ball, this time from her Ghana National Team, teammate Jennifer Cudjoe and similarly put the ball past Scots freshman keeper, Kali Denty.
Valentina Green picked up her first collegiate win in goal for the Bengals, saving three of four shots she faced.
UMFK will continue their long road trip with a match against NAIA and USCAA foe, Carlow University, Saturday at 7:00pm.