FARMINGTON, Maine – Yusuf Yama (Goma, Congo/Portland) and Ibrahim Achekh(Aboudeia, Chad/Lewiston) teamed up to score a goal apiece in back-to-back games as University of Maine at Farmington's (1-1) attempt at a comeback fell short with a 5-2 loss against Pine Manor (2-1) on Saturday.
The Gators grabbed an early lead when Jose Corrales found the back of the net at 6:27. Hakeen Duncan sent a pass to the corner where Corrales fired a bending shot that deflected off the gloves of leaping UMF keeper Matt Wilson (Hampden, Conn./Hampden) for the early score.
Pine Manor doubled its lead near the midway point of the first half when BJ Wade scored the Gators' second goal. Jacob Curran lobbed a pass into a traffic with Wade there at the other end of the pass and scored his first goal of the season.
UMF answered back with Yama grabbing his third goal of the season late in the first half. Zach Sathsasivam (Valley Stream, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) passed to his left after beating a defender to Yama standing just beyond the edge of the box. After some fancy dribbling, Yama lined a laser into the left side of the goal to narrow PMC's lead to 2-1.
Less than a minute into the final period, Ryan Fairbanks chipped a pass from the corner to Achekh standing right in the front of the goal. Achekh used his chest to deflect the pass into the goal for the equalizer.
The Gators retook the lead twenty seconds later with Duncan sending a line drive shot into the top right corner of the goal. PMC scored two more unanswered goals for the final margin of victory.
PMC goalie Oscar Estrada had a busy afternoon with nine saves and earned the win.