CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College men's soccer played the first official men's athletic game in school history on Friday afternoon at Hedley Field, dropping a 6-0 decision to the University of Maine at Fort Kent (UMFK).
The visiting Bengals scored three goals in the first fifteen minutes of the match before adding three more in the second half to cruise to a 6-0 victory.
UMFK sophomore Ben Kluvers (Vernon Hills, Illinois) opened the scoring at 8:36 of the first, redirecting a corner kick from Stuart Conway (Wishaw, Scotland) to make the score 1-0.
Kennard Brown (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) then scored a pair of goals, knocking home a rebound at 12:12 and slotting the ball into an empty net on a breakaway one-timer at 14:48, to make the score 3-0.
PMC freshman goalkeeper Dominic Douglas (Bainbridge, Ga.) made three saves in the first half before giving way to classmate Oscar Estrada (North Port, Fla.) in the second half. Estrada also recorded three saves in the contest.
Fourteen different first-year players made their collegiate debuts for the Gators in the contest. Freshman Diego Maillo (Miami, Fla.) recorded the first shot on goal in program history at 20:41 of the first half.
"The team battled today," said PMC first-year head coach John Shimer following the contest. "Regardless of the score it was a historic day for the school and we should be proud of that and proud of the effort we gave on the field."
UMFK's Gary Banton (Treasue Beach, Jamaica) and Willie Monthe (Montreal, Quebec) combined for three goals in the second half. Banton scored both of his markers nearly four minutes apart in the 56th and 60th minute of the contest, first slotting home a feed from Monthe before collecting a loose ball in the box for his second goal.\
Monthe would make the final score line 6-0 at 73:47 when he connected on a header thanks to a cross from James Blanchet (Quebec City, Quebec).
The Gators will return to action on Sunday afternoon when they take on neighboring Lasell College at 12 noon in Newton.
Me.-Fort Kent will take on Maine Maritime Academy in their next contest on Wednesday, September 10 at 4:00 PM in Castine, Maine.