October 2, 2011

Nelson's goal lifts Lyndon over Maine Maritime

 CASTINE, Maine – Lyndon's Eric Nelson (Guildhall, Vt.) headed home his first collegiate goal late in the 82nd minute to the Hornets to a 2-1 North Atlantic Conference victory over Maine Maritime Academy.

The Hornets tilted the field towards the Mariners net for the bulk of the final 20 minutes. On their fourth and final corner of the game, Lyndon fired a hard shot at close range. William Trace Lacour blocked the initial blast, but it lined straight back to Nelson's forehead then straight into the right side of the net to break a deadlock that had stood for approximately 63 minutes.

The teams traded early goals with Lyndon striking first. Patrice Lumumba (Burlington, Vt.) redirected a low cross on the goalline that had been sent in Teague Coyle (Northfield, N.H.) in the 15th minute. Less than two minutes later, Abduallah Alkhayyat weaved through traffic and squeezed a shot under a sprawling Jason Gray (E. Thretfod, Vt.) to draw MMA even.

Gray denied six shots on the day, including a pair late. Lacour had three saves for the Mariners. Maine Maritime out-shot Lyndon State 18-13, and took nine corner kicks in the loss.

On Sunday, Husson defeated the Hornets by a score of 3-0. First year goalkeeper Brian Potter earned his second shutout of the weekend, making six saves in the effort and even tallied an assist on the day when he cleared the ball with a goal kick that caught the wind, and carried near the box where it found a streaking Greg Dawson who netted the third and final score against the Hornets.

The Eagles received another strong performance this weekend from Zach Emeigh who got the scoring started a little over five minutes into the game off an assist by Andrew Austin. The rest of the half went scoreless, and Husson took a 1-0 lead into the break.

Husson would take over an hour of gameplay before finding their second goal which was created by Emeigh, who crossed it from right to left and found Tyler Metevier for the score with 14:05 left to play in the game. Nearly four minutes later, Dawson scored from Potter to make it 3-0.  Husson outshot the visiting Hornets 19-11 and were more accurate, putting 12 on goal compared to six for Lyndon State.
 
Lyndon keeper Jason Gray (East Thetford, Vt.) had nine saves despite earning the loss, and Phil Curll (Camden, Maine) led the Hornet attack, putting three of his four shots on net.