CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Freshman midfielder Mahamadou Coulibaly (Bamako, Mali) factored in both goals as Pine Manor closed out their inaugural season with a 2-1 win over the University of Maine at Presque Isle Friday evening at Hedley Field.
Sophomore back Erik Gumaer (Windham, Maine) led the Owls with five shots, including three put on frame. Goalkeeper Caleb Bragg-Grady (Whitefield, Maine) made five saves for the visitors.
The game was fast paced from the beginning, but remained scoreless until the 12' when Coulibaly put away his third goal of the season. The Gators took control of the ball in the Owls' defensive third with the ball eventually ending up on Nathaniel Hayes's (Newport Richey, Fla.) foot. He then chipped it over the Maine-Presque Isle backline and found Coulibaly for the volley finish.
The score would remain tied until the 40' when the hosts were able to extend their lead. Pine Manor played the ball back-and-forth across the Owls' penalty area until Coulibaly found freshman forward Ricardo Stewart (Graham, N.C.) who slid the ball into the far post giving the Gators the two-goal lead.
Oscar Estrada (North Port, Fla.), who got the start in goal for Pine Manor, only had to make one save before turning things over to fellow freshman Dominic Douglas (Bainbridge, Ga.).
Douglas was tested right away as he had to make his first of four saves just 87 seconds into the second half.
The guests would get one past the new keeper in the 53' as senior midfielder RJ Jones (Vinalhaven, Maine) headed in a cross from junior Seth Cote (Otis, Maine) to cut the lead in half.
The Owls continued to put the pressure on as they searched for the equalizer, but were unable to get another one by Douglas. They outshot the Gators 10-6 in the second half.
Maine-Presque Isle had a great chance to tie the game in the 86' as Joshua Allen (Presque Isle, Maine) was able to put his shot on target, but Douglas was again up to the test as he preserved the victory for the home team.
Pine Manor completes the first season in program history with a 5-5 record and will look to build on that success next year.
The Owls will have very little time to recover as they are back in action in less than 24 hours. They visit Fisher tomorrow at 3 p.m.