For the third straight week, the College of Maine soccer group turned the ball over 3 times. These turnovers once more proved to be pricey as Hampton rallied from a 35-21 second-half deficit to beat the Black Bears 42-35 on Saturday.
UMaine is now 2-8 general and 1-6 within the Coastal Athletic Affiliation.
The Black Bears had and an interception late within the first half and two fourth-quarter fumbles — the second resulting in Hampton’s game-winning landing.
The Black Bear protection was torched for 3 working performs of 68, 60 and 80 yards by the Soccer Championship Subdivision’s fifth-best working assault.
“We performed a superb first half. We wish to do an incredible job within the center a part of the sport, and that improved. We performed nicely on offense however the turnovers actually harm us and the protection gave up too many huge performs,” mentioned UMaine second-year head coach Jordan Stevens throughout Monday’s Coastal Athletic Affiliation media convention name with the league’s coaches.
“We’ve got fought exhausting all season however we have to shut out video games within the fourth quarter. Two fourth-quarter fumbles is just not the recipe for successful. The blokes have to have a greater consciousness of how essential it’s to handle the soccer.”
The Black Bears racked up 526 yards of offense to Hampton’s 409, had a 30-14 edge in first downs, and had the ball 14 minutes and 14 seconds greater than the Pirates.
The Black Bears additionally rushed for 151 yards behind freshman Tristen Kenan’s 88 yards on 16 carries. They’d averaged simply 77.2 coming into the sport.
Quarterback Derek Robertston threw 5 landing passes, which supplies him 22 over his final six video games.
“Our offense continues to get higher every week however there are some particulars we now have to wash up, like our ball safety. If we have a look at the stat sheet, we should always have been on the opposite facet of the result. We blocked a punt and efficiently ran a faux punt,” Stevens mentioned.
Defensively, he mentioned the their tackling was poor and has to get higher.
The group can have a weekend off after enjoying 10 consecutive weekends.
The Black Bears have had a rash of accidents and Stevens is hoping the bye week proves to be helpful in getting some injured gamers again for the season finale at New Hampshire on Nov. 18.
“This week is about us getting wholesome and getting some a lot wanted relaxation,” Stevens mentioned. “We wish to take some miles off our gamers’ legs.”
Extensive receiver Jamie Lamson, who had a game-high eight catches for 180 yards and a landing, and tight finish Rohan Jones, who had three landing catches amongst his 4 receptions and blocked a punt, had been praised by Stevens.
“Jamie has been rock strong and reliable all 12 months,” Stevens mentioned. “Rohan is one in every of our most explosive gamers and has made an impression on particular groups in addition to on offense in numerous methods.”
The Black Bears can have a possibility to salvage a portion of the season with a win in opposition to archrival New Hampshire in two weeks.
UNH has had an much more disappointing season.
Though the Wildcats have a greater document than UMaine (4-5, 2-4), they had been picked to complete second within the CAA within the preseason coaches ballot whereas UMaine was chosen thirteenth and seems to be in line to complete thirteenth.
“We’re lucky to be a college that has a rivalry. It takes on extra focus and depth. We use it as a recruiting software. We stay up for the sport and we should have our greatest day of execution,” Stevens mentioned.
The sport must be an entertaining affair as a result of it’s going to characteristic the Soccer Championship Subdivision’s primary and 4 quarterbacks in passing yardage in UNH’s Max Brosmer (2,939) and UMaine’s Robertson (2,618).
And they are going to be up in opposition to two of its worst defenses.
UMaine’s protection offers up 420.6 yards per recreation which is a hundred and first amongst 122 Soccer Championship Subdivision faculties and UNH is 102nd (420.8) yards per recreation.