South Portland, ME - The Central Maine Community College Men's Soccer team fell to Southern Maine Community College in the Yankee Small College Conference Finals Tuesday afternoon. The game was played at Wainwright Sports Complex in South Portland. The surface was wet but the game was played without any actual rain.
SMCC set the tone early and often. Joel Musese collected a loose ball and put the Seawolves up 1-0 just 3:50 in to the match. Just about four minutes later a CMCC defender tripped an SMCC attacker in the box and Mohamed Matan finished a penalty kick. Minutes later Musese provided a cross to Alvaro Coto who volleyed home a goal.
Putting up a fight, CMCC's Peter Vigna scored an unassisted goal at 31:30 bringing the halftime score to 3-1. The second half saw shots and saves at both ends and Peter Vigna scored again with just seven minutes remaining. The Mustangs seemed to have renewed life with the score now 3-2 but less than a minute later Yaroslav Philbrook was unmarked on the twelve when Musese easily crossed a ball on the ground to him to finish.
Austin Wing collected five saves in goal for CMCC while Joshua Nagle had six for SMCC.
Peter Vigna was awarded the YSCC's Offensive Player of the Tournament for his seven goals in the last three games. Three against Hampshire College, two against New Hampshire Technical Institute and both goals for CMCC in the championship.
After the game Coach Wallace said, "We played some of our best soccer on Saturday against NHTI, and unfortunately not much of that momentum carried over to today. We dug ourselves into a hole early. Having to overcome a deficit of 3-0 only twelve minutes into a match was too much. But I'm proud of how resilient we were. We fought back."