CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy men's soccer scored four-unanswered goals late in the second half to fight back from a three-goal deficit and defeat Massachusetts Maritime 4-3, in the opening day of the Maritime Cup at Ritchie Field.
With the win the Mariners improve to 1-0-1 on the season, while the Buccaneers drop to 0-2-1 overall. Maine Maritime returns to action on Sunday, when they host SUNY Maritime at 12:30 pm in the final day of the Maritime Cup.
The Buccaneers struck first in the 14th minute when Shane MacNeil scored on a pass from teammate Andrew Wayrynen. Mass. Maritime jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 30th minute, when Benjamin Cook added an unassisted.
Mass. Maritime took a 2-0 lead into halftime, outshooting the Mariners 9-4 in the first 45 minutes.
Cook dished out an assist to teammate Justin Burns to give the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead but the Mariners started their comeback in the 60th minute when Matt Caron (Scarborough, Maine) snuck a penalty kick under the crossbar to make it 3-1.
Liam Welch (Temple, Maine) headed in a long throw-in from Caron in the 80th minute to cut the Buccaneers' lead to 3-2 and less than five minutes later Pieter Oudejans (Rockledge, Fla.) tied things up on an assist from Dalton Moore (Hollis Center, Maine).
Caron capitalized on a great pass from Moore just 75 seconds later, to give the Mariners the 4-3 advantage with less than five minutes to play.
The Mariners held the Buccaneers to just four shots in the second half, en route to the victory.
Andrew Coleman (Saco, Maine) stopped three shots in the victory in net for the Mariners, while Mass. Maritime's Mitch Hardy collected two saves in the loss.