Castine, Maine - Thomas College advanced to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Championship game with a 2-1 win over SUNY Canton. The Terriers will play the winner of the second semifinal game between #1 Maine Maritime and #4 Husson. The sixth-seeded Roos end their season at 7-10-2 after advancing to the semifinal round with an upset win over #3 SUNY Delhi. #2 Thomas moves to 9-8-1 with the win.
Thomas got on the board in the 25th minute with a Zenawi Bowen (St. George's, Bermuda) goal. A pass from Josh Irving (Portland, Maine) found Bowen ten yards out and on the right side, then Bowen pushed the ball past Canton's Dawson Pellerin (Plattsburg, N.Y.) to the lower-left hand corner.
The Terriers had another good chance when a shot from NAC Rookie of the Year Eric LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine) was saved by Pellerin. The ball then fell to the ground and Kyle Patterson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) tried the rebound shot that was blocked, shot again, and blocked once more by a scrum of Canton defenders.
Thomas held the early offensive advantage in shots (8-2) and shots-on-goal (4-1). Pellerin collected three first-half saves for Canton, while John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) only needed to make one stop in the first frame for Thomas.
Alex Kenmogne (Yaounde, Cameroon) tied the game seven minutes into the second half when Agustin Nunez (White Plains, N.Y.) pushed a pass up the middle right to his feet. Kenmogne dribbled through a defender and slipped the ball into the back corner after Villanueva stepped out a bit too far to make the save.
The game remained knotted until MacQuille Walker (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda) placed a corner kick in perfect position in the 79th minute, and Irving headed it into the goal to put the Terriers up 2-1.
Villanueva ended with three saves in the win. Offensively, the Terriers had 14 shots, six shots-on-goal, and seven corner kicks.
Pellerin made four stops in the loss. The Roos were held to nine shots, four of which were on goal, and five corners.
All dates and times are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.
Quarterfinals - Sunday, Nov. 3 (at higher seed)
#3 SUNY Delhi 0 / #6 SUNY Canton 1
#4 Husson 5 / #5 UMaine-Farmington 3 (Penalty Kick Shootout)
Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 9 (at #1 Maine Maritime) Maine Maritime Championship Central
#2 Thomas 2 / #6 SUNY Canton 1
7:00 PM - #1 Maine Maritime (12-3-1, 7-1) vs. #4 Husson (7-12)
Championship - Sunday, Nov. 10 (at Maine Maritime) Maine Maritime Championship Central
2:30 PM - #2 Thomas (9-8-1) vs. TBA