Bears Fall in OT in Season Opener

Greg Burnham
Greg Burnham

GORHAM, Maine – The Coast Guard men's soccer team opened the season with a 2-1 overtime loss against Thomas at day one of the University of Southern Maine Husky Fall Challenge.

The Bears open the season with an overtime loss for the second straight year, while the Terriers start the year with a win for the second straight year as well.

Senior Greg Burnham scored his second career goal for Coast Guard while classmate Patrick Palermo-Re tallied his 12thcareer assists.

Sophomore Zenawi Bowen and junior Josh Morrissey each scored for the Terriers while freshman Justin Bell had an assist on the game winning goal.

The Bears got on the board in the 22ndminute as Palermo-Re found Burnham off a corner, who headed it home, for the team's first goal of the season and the early 1-0 lead.

Coast Guard nearly pushed it to 2-0 at the start of the second half as sophomore Noa Pagatpatan and Palermo-re linked up for a give-and-go putting Pagatpatan in on the right side of the Thomas penalty box. Pagatpatan's shot however went just to the outside of the near post keeping the score 1-0.

The Terriers found the equalizer with just over a minute left in the game as Bowen lined up a free kick at the top of the Bears penalty box, driving a hard low, shot through the Coast Guard wall and into the back of the net ending the game in a tie.

After two red cards were assessed to both teams at the end of regulation, extra time started with the two teams playing with nine players each.

Thomas ended the game in the 96th minute as Bell served the ball from the left side as Morrissey headed home the game winner.

Junior Dakota Harich (0-1) made two saves on four shots on goal allowing the two goals.

Senior Jonathan Dutka (1-0) made two saves on three shots on goal allowing the first half goal.

Coast Guard returns to action tomorrow, September 1st, at day two of the USM Husky Fall Challenge when they take on hosts Southern Maine at 6:00.