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Bucs drop Maritime Cup Opener to Mariners

Bucs drop Maritime Cup Opener to Mariners

CASTINE, Maine – Friday night, the Buccaneer men's soccer team played their first of two games in the first Maritime Cup this evening in Castine, Maine against the hosts, Maine Maritime. Still looking for their first win of 2019, the 0-1-1 Bucs led 2-0 at the break. A four goal second half for the Mariners led to a 4-3 loss for the Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers scored a season-high three goals in the game. Junior Ben Cook (Fort Myers, Fla) scored a goal and had an assist. Sophomore Shane McNeil (Braintree, Mass)¸ and junior Justin Burns (Walpole, Mass) were each responsible for a goal. Senior Andrew Wayrynen (Rockport, Mass) recorded an assist in the game as well. Mass Maritime had 13 total shots in the game, six of which were on target. Goalkeeper Mitch Hardy (Pepperell, Mass) faced six Mariner shots, saving two of them, allowing four goals.

Maine Maritime's Matt Caron led all scorers with two goals and two assists on the night. Liam Welch netted a goal for the hosts and had an assist. Pieter Oudejans had the other goals for the Maine offense while Dalton Moore had an assist. The Mariners had 14 total shots, six on target. Goalkeeper Andrew Coleman faced the six on target Buc shots, making three saves and allowing three goals while picking up the win.

The Buccaneers controlled the game in the first half, scoring goals in the 14th minute and the 30th minute. MacNeil's came in the 14th, assisted by Wayrynen. Cook scored his, unassisted in the 30th. The Mass Maritime offense outshot Maine 9-4 while the Buc defense kept the Mariners off the board. After the first 45, the Buccaneers led, 2-0.

In the second half, Mass Maritime extended their lead to 3-0 in the 58th minute on Burns' strike, assisted by Cook. In the next 30 minutes, the Mariners took over momentum and ultimately the game. Two minutes after the Burns goal, Caron scored for the Mariners in the 60th minute. The Bucs held the 3-1 lead until the 80th minute as Welch scored to cut the Maine Maritime deficit to one goal. Over the next six minute the hosts tied the game 3-3 and took the eventual final, 4-3, lead on Caron's second goal in the 86th minute. The Bucs, unable to answer, fell 4-3 to the Mariners.

The Bucs will be back on the field in Castine on Saturday evening at 5pm to take on SUNY Maritime in their second and final game of the Maritime Cup.

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