BANGOR, Maine — Thomas College junior goalkeeper James Liebowitz may have been hobbled and unable to bend his right leg after being cleated early in the second half of Friday’s game against Husson University, but it didn’t prevent him from saving Tyler Meteviers’s penalty kick in the second overtime to earn his team a 1-1 tie in a mutual North Atlantic Conference opener.
The tie snapped 1-5-1 Thomas’ five-game losing streak while Husson is 3-5-1 overall.
The Eagles were awarded a penalty kick after a Husson player was hauled down in the penalty area with 7:28 remaining in the second OT.
But Metevier’s shot went right into the chest of Liebowitz.
“It was kind of a guess. I tried to psyche him out a little bit by going to my left and then coming back the other way. And the ball just came there,” said Liebowitz.
“I had no idea what I was going to do. It was a last-minute decision,” said Metevier, who has a team-high five goals. “I mishit it … too much thinking.”
Husson has converted just one of four penalty kicks this season.
Energized by the save, the Terriers created a couple of glittering chances only to have defenders Justin Gauvin and Taylor Wentworth stymie them.
Husson goalie Miguel Dominguez outraced Tim Costa to a through ball but kicked the ball off Costa and it bounced to Andy Mack, whose weak volley toward the vacated net was cleared off the line by Gauvin.
Moments later, the ball eluded Gauvin and Mack sprinted around him to set up a potential one-on-one with Dominguez. But Wentworth raced across from Mack’s right and cut him off before he shot.
“I saw [Gauvin] pressure the ball and I thought it might get through him so I sprinted back and, luckily, I got back just in time to take the ball off [Mack’s] foot,” said Wentworth.
Husson had a sizeable edge in possession but Thomas, led by sweeper Tom Desjardins, defended very effectively and the Eagles helped them out by shooting wide and making poor decisions in the attacking third.
Costa staked Thomas to a 1-0 lead early in the first half.
He raced on to an Andrew Pelletier through ball in the penalty area and tucked a low shot inside the far post for his third goal of the season.
Husson’s Mark Trombley equalized with 2:51 left in the first half when Gavin Madden touched the ball ahead to Rob Cowart near the end line and he sent a firm low cross across the goal mouth that Trombley directed into the vacant net for his fourth goal.
Liebowitz made 10 saves on 38 shots while Dominguez finished with three on 16 shots.