Tuttle scores twice to lead UMF past MMA

Tuttle scores twice to lead UMF past MMA

FARMINGTON, Maine – Senior midfielder Kayla Tuttle scored twice in the span of three minutes in the second half and led the University of Maine at Farmington women's soccer team to a 3-0 North Atlantic Conference shutout of Maine Maritime Academy, Tuesday afternoon at Prescott Field

The win improved UMaine-Farmington's record to 6-6-2 overall, 5-1-0 in the NAC, while Maine Maritime fell to 3-9-2 overall, 2-5-1 in conference play.

Tuttle's first goal, and the eventual game winner, came in the 73rd minute on a blast from just outside the top of the 18-yard box, off a deflection from a Maine Maritime defender. The goal, Tuttle's eighth of the season, was her fourth game winner of 2013.

Tuttle charted her ninth goal of the season just under three minutes later in the 76th minute. Picking up a loose ball near the sideline just inside the attacking third, Tuttle evaded a Mariner defender and dribbled to near midfield – where from nearly 25 yards out she lofted a well-placed shot in the upper half of the goal, just beyond the fingers of MMA keeper Taylor O'Malley.

Sophomore Meryl Bond closed out the scoring for the Beavers in the 88th minute, finishing Ava Amador's diagonal cross by burying a low shot into the far corner past O'Malley from 12 yards out.

UMaine-Farmington enjoyed a commanding 33-1 advantage in total shots, with an 11-1 margin in shots on goal. O'Malley finished with eight saves over 90 minutes in the Mariner goal, while Farmington starter Beth Lebel and reserve Amy Jones combined for the shutout with one save in the first half.

The Beavers had four corner kick opportunities to the Mariners' two, and were whistled for offsides four times.

UMaine-Farmington heads to Johnson State College on Saturday, Oct. 19, for its final NAC road contest of the season, before returning home the following weekend to face Green Mountain (Oct. 26) and Castleton (Oct. 27). Maine Maritime will continue its season with a game at UMaine-Machias on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5:00 p.m.