GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Jonata Mbongo (Portland, Maine/Deering) scored with one minute and 10 seconds remaining in regulation to pull the Huskies even and force overtime action as the University of Southern Maine played 110 minutes with the Husson University Eagles to a 1-1 draw Tuesday night at Hannaford Field.
With the draw, Southern Maine stops a two-game losing skid and is now 2-12-3 overall. Husson is unbeaten in its last three game (2-0-1) and is now 7-8-3. It is the fifth time in the 44-game series between the two schools that the match has ended in a tie.
The Eagles led 1-0 early in the first half on a set piece goal in the 15th minute. Senior Paxton Oversmith (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) headed the ball to the far post on a corner-kick service from classmate Rod Ghanayem (Orlando, Fla./Dhahran) for his third goal of the season. The Eagles carried the lead throughout and looked on their way to a 1-0 win before Mbongo's late-game activity. With time winding down, Mbongo was able to get his head on an aerial cross from junior Sam Anderson (Middletown, Conn./Bristol Central) for the equalizer in the 89th minute. The goal is Mbongo's first of the season.
Both teams had solid chances in the extra time. Husson hit the crossbar and the post, while Southern Maine misfired on one-v-one situations twice in the contest. Southern Maine senior goalkeeper Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) made six saves in the draw. Husson junior Kyle Townsend (Hampden, Maine/Hampden Academy) made four saves.
Southern Maine hosts Castleton University on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference game in its next match. Tonight's match was Husson's regular season finale, and the Eagles will await their pairing for the upcoming North Atlantic Conference tournament.