Mariners Beat Beavers 1-0, Secure Playoff Spot
FARMINGTON -- Abdullah Alykhayyat (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) scored off a direct kick late in the second half to give Maine Maritime Academy a 1-0 victory over University of Maine at Farmington in North Atlantic Conference men's soccer action this afternoon at Prescott Field.
The Beavers (7-5-4 overall, 4-2-1 NAC) finished their regular season as the third seed in the NAC, while the Mariners (6-7-2, 2-4-1) ended up in fifth. Farmington is scheduled to host No. 6 Johnson State College in first-round action Tuesday, while the Mariners will visit No. 4 Lyndon. Game times have yet to be announced.
Set up just outside the box on a Farmington foul, Alkhayyat's blast cruised just out of the reach of Farmington netminder Tennessee Peters (Scarborough, Maine) at 87:21 to give the Mariners a 1-0 win. The Beavers had a free kick and a corner kick in the final minute, but Maine Maritime was able to hold on for the victory.
It was a relatively quiet opening half with a direct kick by MMA's Daniel Hassett (Gorham, Maine) being handled by Peters and Farmington's Brendan Santry (Tallahassee, Fla.) going high on a crisp cross by Zach Good (Westbrook, Maine) the only bids of note.
The shot output increased in the second half with Peters making a diving stop on Richie Munster (Greenville, Maine) and making the save on a rebound attempt by Ben Russell (Farmington, Maine) early in the half. The Beavers were issued 10 corner kicks in the second, but unable to find a goal.
Peters made five saves for Farmington, which finished with a 12-11 edge in shots.
Randy Bartlett (Lincoln, N.H.) recorded the shutout for MMA with seven saves.