Teams have eye the championship
By the Beacon Sports Staff
With the Yankee Small College Conference soccer playoff slated for this coming weekend, the SMCC’s soccer squads took to the pitch this weekend to play the University of Maine-Machias. The regular season ends on Tuesday when the Wolves take on Central Maine Community College at Wainwright Recreation Complex in South Portland.
Both teams will honor the senior players before the start of the games Tuesday.
Saturday’s game against UMM saw the number two and three teams in the YSCC go at each other with higher seeding for the YSCC championship series at stake. The winner of the Saturday’s women’s matchup would secure a bye from the play-in match.
Saturday’s match-up between the Lady SeaWolves and Lady Clippers would remain knotted at nil – nil until the 9:26 mark of the second overtime period at which point Katelin Bennett would secure the win and a bye for Southern Maine.
The Lady Wolves outshoot the Lady Clippers 42 – 5, placing 27 shots on goal as UMM only placed 2 shots on goal. SMCC also had 8 corner kicks to UMM’s 1.
The Lady SeaWolves have compiled an 8-1-1 overall record and a 4-0-1YSCC record over the course of the fall season. The men have posted a 9-2 overall record while remaining undefeated in the YSCC.
Prior to Saturday’s matchup, the Lady SeaWolves saw action against Massasiot Community College in a non-conference matchup. The Wolves would post a 3-0 win on the road and follow that win with a 7-0 win at Unity a few days later.
Junior captain Callie O’Brien lead the scoring as she netted her third hat trick of the season. O’Brien would net her first goal in the first half, and find the back of the net twice in the second half.
First-year midfielder Lilly Voye scored her first collegiate goal when she redirected a crossing pass from sophomore winger Katelin Bennett putting SMCC up 2 – nil after 45 minutes of play.
SMCC continued its scoring drive in the second half against Unity as first-year players Logan Pray and Desiree Veilleux scored with goals that found their way through the slot pushing the SMCC lead to 4 – nil. Calley Baker would finish off the Lady Wolves scoring when she finished off a thru-ball from Paige Lord.
After the match, Head Coach Ethan Wells commented, “We are putting together the concepts offensively that will make us a force moving into tournament time. I was thrilled to see Lilly and Calley score their first goals and our defense pitch another scoreless outing.”
The SMCC men’s soccer team would take to the pitch 45 minutes after the conclusion of the lady’s match, working through a goalless opening period under semi-clearing skies. With less than two-minutes remaining in the first period, SMCC’s Mohammed Matan would find the back of the net putting the Wolves on the big board.
Less than five-minutes into the second half, Joel Musese would match Matan’s goal doubling the Wolves lead over the Clippers of UMM.
Prior to Saturday’s match-up against UMM, the men’s soccer team would win their 9th game in a row with a 2-0 win against Unity College. The win would set a new program record for the men’s soccer team.
The SeaWolves goals would come courtesy first year forward Keto Tchiputo who netted both goals for the Wolves. Tchiputo’s goals would match the number of goals netted by teammate Mohammad Matan, 12 a piece, and place them in a tie for most goals scored in the YSCC. Joel Musese and Dylan Weyeneth assisted on the goals.
Head Coach Brian Dougher stated in a post-game interview, “Getting a conference result on the road is especially important at this stage. We are focused on playing our best soccer as postseason nears—we’ll be tested again this weekend against a talented Massasoit squad.”
The SeaWolves would ruffle the netting against Massasiot with a goal from Mohammed Matan in the 10 minute mark. Matan’s goal would push him back into the lead for most goals in the YSCC at 13.
SMCC’s one goal lead wouldn’t stand as Massasiot would find the back of the goal three times in the first half and one more time in the second half.
Head Coach Brian Dougher stated after the match, “We started well, we just didn’t finish well. I’m looking forward to changing the momentum this weekend at home.”
The Lady SeaWolves finish their regular season this afternoon against the Mustangs of Central Mainer Community College. Kickoff is slated for 3:30. The men’s team finished their regular season against Central Maine Community College on Monday. Coverage of that game and the YSCC post-season play will be in the next paper. Both games will take place at Wainwright Recreational Complex off of Highland Ave. in South Portland.