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MMA Sports Wrap-up
MMA Mariner men beat Green Mountain at soccer 5-0

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by Craig Dagan, MMA Sports Director

The Maine Maritime Academy’s men’s soccer team improved to 5-7-2 for the season and 1-4-1 in the North Atlantic Conference by beating the visiting Eagles from Green Mountain College 5-0 on Sunday afternoon, October 17, at Ritchie Field. Senior Greg Smith scored two goals in the match.

The Mariners started the scoring in the 20th minute when Ben Russell set up Smith for the first of his two goals. Minutes later Abdullah Alkhayyat gathered a pass from Russell and tucked it by the Green Mountain keeper, giving MMA the 2-0 lead.

MMA then pushed the lead to 3-0 before the half on a Nate Tipton goal from Smith. The goal was Tipton’s sixth for the year.

The Mariners dominated play in the second half, out shooting the Eagles 11 to 4. Daniel Hassett gave MMA a 4-0 lead after a feed from Alkhayyat before Smith ended the scoring with an unassisted goal.

MMA keeper Randy Bartlett made four saves while Matt Baum contributed with two saves in 34 minutes of action. Nate Kishbaugh took the loss for Green Mountain.

The MMA women and their counterparts from Green Mountain College played to a 0-0 tie in their soccer match-up that same afternoon.

MMA had numerous chances to score throughout the contest but couldn’t find the back of the net despite outshooting the Eagles 27-10.

On Saturday, October 16, the Castleton State College Spartans overpowered the MMA men 4-1 in another NAC matchup, also at Ritchie Field.

The Spartans started the scoring in the 26th minute when Josh Costa took a long service pass from Nick Johnas and headed over the reach of the MMA keeper. Castleton struck again in the 28th minute, when Jacob Ferry blasted a shot from 20 yards out past the keeper into the lower right corner of the net, giving the visitors the 2-0 lead.

Castleton took a 3-0 lead in the 59th minute when Johnas scored on a header from a corner kick by Costa.

The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the 64th minute when Nate Tipton scored on a direct kick from 25 yards out. The Spartans added their fourth goal in the 69th minute. It was Ferry’s second goal of the game on a pass from Josh Costa. MMA keeper Bartlett made 11 saves on 21 shots. Spartan keeper Andy LaCroix collected the win for his team.

The MMA women fell to their Castleton counterparts 4-1 that same afternoon. Junior striker Courtney Chadburn scored twice for the Spartans

The Mariners struck first in the 10th minute on an unassisted goal by Natasha Morris. Morris collected a loose ball on the left edge of the box and slid the ball past the Castleton keeper for a 1-0 lead. Both teams remained scoreless for the rest of the half.

The Spartans evened the score in the 59th minute when Chadburn dribbled through the MMA defense and passed the ball into the corner of the net. The Spartans struck again four minutes later when Hilary Cooke collected a cross from Kelsey Lenney and tucked it into the left corner to give the visitors the 2-1 lead.

The Spartans increased their lead to 3-1 in the 82nd minute when Chadburn scored her second goal of the match. The goal came off of a corner kick by Brynn Campbell that reached the far post, and Chadburn was there to knock it into the net. The Spartans finished off the scoring in the 89th minute on a goal by Hannah Josselyn from a loose ball inside the penalty area.

On Wednesday, October 13, the MMA men beat the visiting Owls from the University of Maine at Presque Isle 1-0 in a non-conference matchup.

The Mariners collected the only goal in the 38th minute when Alkhayyat passed the ball into the right edge of the box to Ben Russell who lofted a shot over the keeper into the corner of the net, giving MMA the victory.

MMA keeper Bartlett (Lincoln, NH) made six saves on 18 shots. Joshua Mackinnon took the loss for the Owls, making three saves on 12 shots.

The women also beat Presque Isle 1-0 that same day. Junior forward Emily Brogden scored in the 93rd minute to give MMA the victory.

Thanks to the win, MMA improved to 4-7-1 on the season, while the Owls fell to 8-3 on the year.

Despite UMPI out shooting MMA 17-4, both teams struggled to find quality opportunities in regulation play. With just over six minutes left in the first overtime, Jess Stahl gathered the ball on the left flank and lofted a high ball to the edge of the penalty box. The UMPI keeper and an MMA defender collided and the ball squirted loose to Brogden and she passed the ball into the right corner of the net.

Keeper Lacey Jackson recorded the win for MMA and improved to 4-7-1 for the year while Taylor Ussery took the loss for the Owls.