Late Flurry Not Enough as Women's Soccer Falls to Defending USCAA Champions

Erin Bracken

Wenham, MA --- Katherine Ferland (Sainte-Agathe-Des-Monts, Canada) notched a hat-trick and Maine-Fort Kent survived a late scare from WPI to go a perfect 2-0 at the Gordon Soccer Classic. UMFK led 4-1 late in the game, but WPI junior Emily Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) scored twice in the final two minutes for a 4-3 final in favor of the defending USCAA national champions.

UMFK (2-0) continued their momentum after a 4-0 win over Gordon on the first day of the classic, immediately pushing the ball forward from the opening kick. The Bengals, led by strikers Ferland and Yosselin Berrueco (Soledad CA) gave the Engineer's defense fits with a mixture of great ball control and well-timed passes. The chemistry between the two attackers was apparent all weekend and they were able to combine for the first score of the game at the 13-minute mark in the half. Berrueco flicked a pass with her back turned to the goal, allowing Ferland to run onto the play and bury the ball for the score. 

The Bengals' high-powered offense continued their prowl just over a minute later when the two strikers reversed their roles in a goal. Berrueco took a pass back from Ferland and fired a shot past the Engineers' keeper for a two-goal advantage.  Ferland struck again in the 31st minute, with Berrueco providing her second assist of the game. Berrueco got a toe on a cleared ball and Ferland was able to poke the ball underneath WPI's Ally Day (Gardiner, Maine) to give the Bengals a 3-0 advantage at halftime. 

WPI (1-1) regrouped at the break and came out of the half with more aggression on the offensive side of the ball. Their persistence paid off in the form of a great scoring opportunity in the 64th minute. Erin Bracken (Bridgewater, MA) put home a centered ball from Jaime Espinola (Greensboro, NC) to give the Engineers some life. 

Ferland completed the hat-trick in the 74th minute to almost assuredly put the game out of reach, but a late rally by the Engineers made the game too close for comfort. Friday's hero for WPI, Doherty, finished a ball lost in a fray in front of the net to make it a two-goal game with 1:45 remaining. Doherty added another quick goal on a 30-yard chip with 30 seconds left in the contest, but UMFK was able to run out the clock in the closing seconds to preserve the victory. 

Michelle Delgadillo made 11 saves for the Bengals to earn her second win of the year, while Day took the loss by allowing three goals in the first half. Abbey Teliska (LaGrangeville, N.Y.) came in the second half, allowing one goal and making two saves.   WPI outshot UMaine Fort Kent 

Ferland led all scorers on the weekend with five goals, while Doherty finished with four scores of her own. WPI will host Gordon on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

Release Courtesy Gordon Sports Information