The University of Maine at Farmington men’s soccer team took SUNY Polytechnic Institute to the limit in the North Atlantic Conference championship game on Saturday.

Ultimately, the Beavers fell one shot short.

The Wildcats topped the Beavers 6-5 in penalty kicks to win the title in Marcy, New York. With the win, SUNY-Poly (14-2-4) gets an automatic berth in the NCAA Division III tournament.

UMF, playing in its first NAC title game since joining the conference in 2003, falls to 11-4-2.

The Beavers struck first, with a goal from Cade McHugh that gave UMF a 1-0 lead in the first half. The Wildcats answered back in the second half with a goal from Wakeley Banker on a penalty kick, which tied the game 1-1, where it remained until the end of regulation.

After two scoreless overtimes, the game went to penalty kicks. Jimmy Pelletier, Yusuf Mohamed, Silas Mohlar, Aric Belanger and William Dowse made successful kicks for the Beavers. Banker, Noah Fagnani, Edward Greene, Zach Westadt and Andy Zhinin made successful kicks for SUNY-Poly.

Finally, a shot by McHugh was stopped by Wildcats goalie Daragh Foley, and Matthew McCord made the next shot for SUNY-Poly, giving the Wildcats the title.

FIELD HOCKEY

HUSSON 1, UMAINE-FARMINGTON 0: Allie Drew’s goal proved to be the difference, as the Eagles beat the Beavers in a New England Collegiate Conference semifinal at Thomas College in Waterville.

Kimmie Goddard had six saves to earn the shutout for Husson (8-7). With the win, the Eagles move on to play Thomas in the NECC final on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Katelyn Rouleau had three saves for UMF. The Beavers fall to 7-8.


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