WATERVILLE, Maine — The Thomas men’s soccer team claimed the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) regular-season championship with a 2-0 victory over University of Maine at Farmington on Tuesday night.
The finish with an overall 12-2-2 record, 8-0-1 in conference play. The Beavers fall to 2-15, 1-8 in the NAC to finish their regular-season schedule.
Marcus Johnson (Sandy’s, Bermuda) kicked off the scoring for Thomas at the 19th minute with a strike just outside the box finding the right corner of the net. To end the half the Terriers would hold a 9-2 advantage in shots with two saves a piece for both keepers in a half that saw a lot of back and forth play.
UMF would put pressure on the hosts at the beginning of the second half, but would not be able to gain any momentum. Thomas would cushion their slim lead with a goal at the 73:30 mark by freshman Joshua Phelps (Maroochydor, Australia), who netted his fourth goal of his rookie campaign.
Thomas would finish the game with 19 shots to the Beavers four, while also holding a six to one advantage in corner kicks.
Keepers Mikkail Crockwell (St.David’s, Bermuda) and Paul Dupre both had three saves in the match.
E. Nazarene 1, UNE 0
QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene men’s soccer team claimed a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament for the first time since 2002 with a 1-0 victory over the University of New England Tuesday evening. The win elevates the Lions to 7-8-2 overall and 3-5-1 in league matches. The Nor’easters drop to 6-10-1 on the season and 2-6-1 in the conference with the result.
With a total of 10 points in the Commonwealth Coast Conference, Eastern Nazarene edged Curry for the seventh seed in the postseason tournament. The seventh-seeded Lions will travel to the Ocean State to take on second-seeded Salve Regina October 27.
The home team got on the board in the 26th minute as Scott Hansen (Middletown Spring, Vt.) notched his team-best sixth goal of the fall. Edgar Arceo (Minden, Nev.) dispossessed an opposing player before dribbling towards the center of the pitch. The junior unleashed a shot from nearly 35 yards out that knuckled in the air and handcuffed the visitors’ goalkeeper. The Nor’easters’ netminder tried to push the shot away from goal but the ball landed on the goal line. Hansen rushed the goal and slammed home the loose ball.
Eastern Nazarene held a slim 9-8 margin in shots through 45 minutes of play. The University of New England controlled a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks earned in the first frame.
The Lions’ defense held strong in the second stanza and prevented the Nor’easters from netting an equalizer.
The hosts outshot the visitors 14-10 in the match while the Nor’easters owned a 6-2 gap in corner kicks.
Sophomore Jake Johnson (Mount Bethel, Pa.) recorded seven saves between the pipes for Eastern Nazarene. Aidan McParland stopped three shots on the night for the Nor’easters.
Nichols 2, UNE 1
DUDLEY, Mass. — Senior Emily Widdison (Greenfield, Mass.) scored with 3:17 remaining in the second overtime period to provide the Nichols College field hockey team with a 2-1 win over the University of New England in a Commonwealth Coast Conference match played under the lights Tuesday at Michael Vendetti Field.
The Bison (11-6, 7-2 CCC) avenged an overtime loss to the Nor’easters Oct. 9 in Biddeford. UNE saw its four-game winning streak come to an end in falling to 9-7 overall, 6-3 in conference play.
Widdison maneuvered her way inside the arc before driving a low shot just inside the left post to end the match. It was Widdison’s league-leading 21st goal of the season and her sixth game-winner.
Nichols extended the game early in the second overtime period when sophomore Rachel Dalrymple (Bellvidere, N.J.) came up with a key defensive save on a bid by Big Blue junior Hayley LaPointe (Topsham, Maine).
Widdison gave the Bison a 1-0 lead at 16:02 of the first half after she dribbled thru a group of UNE defenders and delivered a shot into the left side of the cage.
UNE knotted the game just 1:08 later as junior Casey Clark (Bethlehem, N.H.) re-directed a shot by senior Suzy Libby (Danvers, Mass.) for her sixth goal.
The Nor’easters held tough the remainder of the way despite being outshot nearly 3-to-1 in regulation. For the match, Nichols led in shots (24-11) and penalty corners (14-9).
Sophomore Molly Melanson (Simsbury, Conn.) had a pair of saves to record the win in goal, while UNE sophomore Kaitlyn Warren (Boscawen, N.H.) stopped eight attempts.
UNE 1, E. Nazarene 1
QUINCY, Mass.- The Eastern Nazarene women’s soccer team battled the University of New England to a 1-1 tie Tuesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Lions progress to 8-7-3 overall and 5-2-2 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference to finish the regular season. The Nor’easters move to 7-10-1 on the year and 5-3-1 in league play with the result.
Eastern Nazarene secured a first-round home match in the CCC playoffs with the tie Tuesday. The Lions earned the #4 seed in the playoffs and will host fifth-seeded University of New England in the quarterfinals October 27.
The two squads headed into the halftime intermission deadlocked at 0-0. The Nor’easters held a narrow 5-3 advantage in first-half shots while the Lions earned all three corner kicks awarded in the opening frame.
The visitors tacked on the game’s first goal in the 47th minute to claim a 1-0 edge. Lindsey Monaco lofted a ball over the Lions’ defense to Alexis Wells at the top of the penalty area. Wells’ shot attempt was initially saved by the hosts’ goalkeeper but Kristin Dechene charged cage and knocked in the loose ball.
Eastern Nazarene knotted the contest at 1-1 in the 51st minute. Amelia Gonzales (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) headed in her first marker of the season, burying a corner kick service from Tina Corey (Canterbury, Conn.).
At the end of regulation, the Lions owned an 11-10 edge in shots after outshooting the Nor’easters 8-5 in the second half.
The Lions finished the contest with 13 shots while the Nor’easters registered 15. The University of New England posted five shots in the extra sessions while Eastern Nazarene fired two attempts. The hosts sported a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks despite conceding two in overtime.
Kristen Farley (Westminster, Mass.) stopped five shots on the day for the home side. Samantha Guyette made four saves in the contest for the University of New England.
St. Joseph’s 0, Johnson & Wales 0
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Saint Joseph’s College (8-4-3, 4-4-3 GNAC) and Johnson & Wales University (5-11-2, 4-6-2 GNAC) battled to a scoreless women’s soccer stalemate in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.
Monks junior netminder Jaci Lorenzen (Windham, Maine) made three saves.
Johnson & Wales held a 6-2 advantage in shots during the first half, but the Monks managed to put both of their bids on target, including a shot by senior Casey Monaghan (Portland, Maine) in the 31st minute that was stopped by Wildcats freshmen keeper Alexa Rose (Lancaster, Pa.) to keep the game scoreless heading into halftime.
Each team had their chances in the second half, but neither could capitalize as regulation ended in the 0-0 tie.
In the first overtime, JWU freshman Alyson Marsden (Ferndale, Pa.) had a scoring chance, but Lorenzen was up to the challenge for St. Joe’s and kept the game scoreless.
In the second overtime, SJC freshman Megen Pollini (Wolfeboro, N.H.) had one last shot, but Rose again made the save to end the game in the 0-0 tie. Rose made five saves for JWU.
Saint Joseph’s held a narrow 14-13 lead in shots while Johnson & Wales earned a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.