GORHAM, Maine – Scoring with just five seconds remaining in regulation, the University of Southern Maine Huskies pulled off a shocker and earned the comeback victory over the Castleton University men's soccer team – 2-1 – at Hannaford Field on Saturday morning.
Castleton falls to 9-8-1 and 3-4-1 in Little East play, while Southern Maine improves to 3-12-3 and 2-5-1. The Spartans have earned the fifth seed in the upcoming conference tournament, while Southern Maine sits at sixth.
The Spartans were fairly dominant throughout the contest and finished with a 23-11 advantage in shots, but strong defense on the part of Southern Maine kept the home team in the game.
Getting on the board in the 70th minute, Castleton's Rida Kori was able to put a pair of shots on goal. The first was deflected by the opposing goalie, but Kori was able to regain his balance and momentum as he followed up with a second attempt that found the twine.
Fewer than 10 minutes later, Southern Maine tied it up after benefitting from a penalty shot opportunity after a foul in the box. Chris Pepin converted for his first of the season.
The teams would go back and forth over the following 10 minutes but it was the Huskies that would take the final shot. On a last-ditch effort with five seconds remaining in the second half, Jonata Mbongo sent in a pass from Hany Ramadan to secure the victory.
Ryan McKay was charged with the loss after allowing two goals – including the penalty kick – over 90 minutes of action. He made four saves. Southern Maine's Simon Hulbert made eight saves in the win.
Men's soccer returns to action as it travels to Danbury, Conn. to face the fourth-seeded Western Connecticut State Colonials on Tuesday in the LEC Quarterfinals. A start time for the game has yet to be announced.
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