Abrahams' Late-Match Heorics Leads Maine To 2-1 Victory Over UMBC
ORONO, Maine – Alex Abrahams tallied a game-winning marker in the matches' final three minutes to help lift the Black Bears to a conference-opening, 2-1 victory over UMBC in Orono, Maine on Sunday afternoon. The Black Bears improve to 4-3-3 with the win and are now 1-0-0 in America East play.
The Retrievers entered the contest with the best overall record in non-conference play with a 5-3-2 mark but it was Maine that drew first blood in the match.
After charging down the right side of the field drawing a UMBC foul, Joanie L'Abbe lofted a perfectly placed shot over Retriever's starting goalkeeper, Lauren Kadet, on a free kick. The goal was L'Abbe's first of the year.
UMBC struck back in the 59th minute as Amira Wolcott tallied her second of the season. Wolcott corralled a ball that was inserted by Melissa Hummel, off a free-kick, as she beat Maine starting goalkeeper, Lauren Swant.
It appeared that the match was destined for overtime with both teams tallying chances as the half wore on. However, Abrahams chose an opportune time for her first marker of the season. The midfielder intercepted an attempted clear by a Retriever defender and fired a shot past Kadet to give the Black Bears a late, 2-1 advantage.
Maine controlled much of the offensive play in the contest as they led in shots 14-10 while UMBC held the decided advantage in corner kicks, 4-1.
Kadet made three saves while allowing two goals in the loss while Swant recorded one save and allowed one goal in the win.
Maine will be back in action on Oct. 3 when the team travels to face Hartford. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.