GAME RECAP • 9/15/2018
WOMEN'S SOCCER vs. DALTON STATE COLLEGE
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Fort Kent, Maine-- In Women’s Soccer action, the lady Bengals showed tremendous toughness and grit on their three game swing through Georgia and Alabama. In the first game against Oakwood University in Hunstville, Alabama, the Bengals jumped all over them and dominated from start to finish beating Oakwood 14-0. Tolu Oyeniyi, Hope Shea and Veronica Paz all had hat tricks as Mili Alvarez, Maddie Doucette and Jordan Maxwell also scored for the Bengals.
In the second match of the trip, the Bengals took on Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Shorter took the lead early 1-0, but UMFK responded in the 30th minute with a goal from Veronica Paz to go into the half tied at 1. Early in the second half, the Bengals caught an incredible break when Hope Shea was viciously fouled in the penalty box by a Shorter defender. Veronica Paz took the Penalty kick for the Bengals and sent it in, putting the Bengals ahead by 1. The Bengals held on throughout the second half with incredible defense and a number of miraculous saves by goal keeper, Alyse Kline.
In the final match of the trip, the Bengals faced Dalton State University. On the hottest day of the road trip, playing on a turf field, the lady Bengals showed a ton of heart in the face of much adversity. After a shaky first half, the Bengals escaped by only being down 1. In the second half, Hope Shea, drove one home for the Bengals in the 60th minute, and twenty minutes later, Tolu Oyeniyi found Veronica Paz streaking down the field who chipped the ball right over the outstretched hands of the Dalton State goal keeper in an amazing display of skill. However, Dalton responded only a few minutes later to equalize the game and send it to overtime. Battling the heat and running on fumes after the third game in three days, the Bengals stretched the game out to a second over time. With ten seconds remaining, Tolu Oyeniyi found herself open for a breakaway and fired a shot off as time expired, unfortunately for the Bengals, it bounced off the cross bar and out. The Bengals and the Dalton State Roadrunners tied at 2. Their record now sits at 2-0-1.