NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending September 25)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Abukar Hassan, Lyndon
(So., F - Kenya)
Hassan helped lead the Hornets to a 2-0 week, finishing with five points on two goals and one assist. The sophomore came up big in a non-conference game at Southern Vermont, as he broke a 1-1 tie in the 54th minute to put the Hornets ahead and then in double overtime he netted the game winner with less than two minutes remaining for the 3-2 win. In a NAC win over Green Mountain, the forward tallied an assist.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Drew Martin, Thomas
(Jr., GK - Berwick, Maine)
Martin started in his first two games as a Terrier this past week and finished with a 2-0 record. In a conference win over Maine Maritime, the junior made five saves and allowed just one goal. Then in a 3-0 win over the University of New England, the keeper made three saves to record the shutout. On the week, Martin tallied a 0.50 GAA, an .889 save percentage, and eight saves.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dalton Moore, Maine Maritime
(Fr., F - Hollis Center, Maine)
Moore helped the Mariners to a 1-1 week in conference action as he tallied four points off of two goals. The rookie tallied Maine Maritime's only goal in a tough loss to Thomas and the scored the game-winner in a 2-1 win over NEC.
AROUND THE NAC
Castleton had an 0-2 mark on the week, falling to Norwich and Colby-Sawyer by one goal each. Fidele Rutayisire, Dallas Desroches and Nihad Basic all scored their first goals of the season on the week for the Spartans. Castleton is back in action on Tuesday when it hosts Lyndon.
Colby-Sawyer went 1-1 in a pair of contests last week. The Chargers began with a strong showing against 11th ranked UMass Boston, who entered the game averaging 3.6 goals per game. The Beacons were able to escape with a 1-0 victory and remain undefeated. The Chargers bounced back with a gritty 2-1 win over NAC foe Castleton to cap the week. The team will have several days off before returning to the pitch down route 89 on Saturday for a noon tilt at New England College.
UMaine-Farmington dropped both games this week. St. Joe's handled UMF in a 6-0 shutout and on Saturday the Beavers battled in 1-0 loss to NAC rival Husson at Leib Field. Keeper Ronie Morales made 14 and 11 saves in the two games.
Green Mountain kicked off its conference schedule with an 8-0 loss to Lyndon on Saturday. The Eagles will host Johnson State on Tuesday before welcoming Castleton on Saturday in two conference match ups this week.
Husson went 2-1 on the week by picking up the team's first win over Colby in four years by a score of 2-1 earlier in week, then defeated UMaine-Farmington, 1-0, on Saturday before having Bowdoin end their two game winning streak on Sunday. The Eagles will host in-state rival Thomas under the lights on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Johnson State was inactive this past week, but will be back in action on Tuesday when the Badgers travel to Green Mountain. Johnson will then host a pair of NAC games this weekend against Husson and Maine Maritime.
Lyndon finished the week 2-0. The Hornets topped Southern Vermont 3-2 in double-overtime on Tuesday afternoon and then beat Green Mountain 8-0 on Saturday. Devin Cowan finished the week with 3 goals, while Abukar Hassan and Ajeing Dau finished with two each. The Hornets travel to play Castleton Tuesday before hosting Maine Maritime and Husson over the weekend.
Maine Maritime went 1-1 this week against NAC opponents. On Tuesday, the Mariners fell to Thomas, but picked up a 2-1 victory over NEC on Saturday, as they were led by Dalton Moore's game-winning goal. The Mariners return to action at Lyndon and Johnson State this weekend.
New England College dropped two games this week, including a loss to Rivier University on Tuesday and a loss to Maine Maritime on Saturday. Scoring the lone goal of the week for the Pilgrims was Sina Samali. Maxime Danis made three saves in net for the Pilgrims on Tuesday and Samuel Thompson stopped six saves in 90 minutes of work on Saturday.
Thomas finished the week 2-0 overall, increasing the team's winning streak to three games. The Terriers started off Tuesday by defeating Maine Maritime in a 7-1 rout, scoring six goals in just the first half. Sophomore Josh Emard recorded a hat-trick off the bench for the Terriers. On Thursday, they took on non-conference opponent University of New England were goalkeeper Drew Martin led the Terriers to a 3-0 shutout victory. Sophomore trio Adam LaBrie, Emard, and DJ Nicholas each netted a goal in the win. The Terriers will return to conference play on Tuesday, September 27, as they travel to Husson for a 7:30 p.m. game.