CASTINE, Maine – Thomas College won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Championship, 4-1, against Maine Maritime Academy at Ritchie Field.
The Mariners finish the season 13-4-1 overall, tying a program record for wins in a single-season, while the Terriers improve to 10-8-1 overall with the win. Thomas College advances to the 2019 NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament and will learn who they face in the first round during the NCAA selection show on Monday, November 10th at 1:30 pm. Watch the selection show and view the national bracket HERE.
Thomas' Josh Irving (Portland, Maine) found MacQuille Walker (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda)cutting through the 18 for a one timer that beat Mariners' keeper Trevor Gray (Gorham, Maine) in the 19th minute to make it 1-0. Terriers' Zenawi Bowen (St. George's, Bermuda) found Walker on a through ball that he buried in the far netting in the 25th minute, making the lead 2-0. Thomas' Princiel Kunieki (Portland, Maine) extended the Terriers lead when he headed in a free kick crossed by Walker, making it 3-0 in the 36th minute.
Eric LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine) dribbled past three Mariner defenders in the 49th minute and scored to give the Terriers a 4-0 lead early in the second half. Matt Caron (Scarborough, Maine) scored a diving header from a Dalton Moore (Hollis Center, Maine) redirect to make put the Mariners on the board in the 57th minute. The Terriers held a 17-12 advantage in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corners.
Maine Maritime's Gray picked up six saves in the loss, while John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) added two saves for Thomas in the win.
Shayne O'Neill – SUNY Canton
Kevin Valesquez – SUNY Canton
Jahmal Williams – Husson
Cai Pritchard – Husson
Reuben Harrison – Maine Maritime
Evan Backus – Maine Maritime
Matt Caron – Maine Maritime
Drew Parsons – Thomas
Hayden Elwell – Thomas
Zenawi Bowen – Thomas
Josh Irving – Thomas – MVP
2019 Men's Soccer Championship Information
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
#1 Maine Maritime 5 / #4 Husson 1
Championship - Sunday, Nov. 10 (at Maine Maritime) Maine Maritime Championship Central
#1 Maine Maritime 1 / #2 Thomas 4