|Thomas College||New England College|
HENNIKER, N.H.— The Thomas College men’s soccer team earned a 7-1 victory on the road at New England College on Sunday afternoon in the North Atlantic Conference finale for both teams.
With the loss, NEC falls to 9-6-2 overall and 6-2-1 in NAC play, while Thomas improves to 8-8-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the league. The Terriers earn the third seed in the North Atlantic Conference tournament while the Pilgrims will enter as the four seed.
The Terriers were dominant from the beginning and wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as they scored two quick goals from Zenawi Bowen (St. George, Bermuda) and Adam LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine) in the fourth and eighth minutes to set the tone.
Thomas would extend their lead to three goals in the 21st minute on a one-touch chip by LaBrie for his second goal of the game. The Terriers took a 4-0 lead in the 34th minute on a marker from Michael Sanzari (Falmouth, Maine) before NEC got on the board with a header goal by Cooper Valinski in the 40th minute.
Thomas added three more goals in the second half to run away with the victory. Bowen added his second of the match in the 67th followed by John Flores-McKenna (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) in the 76th. Freshman Connor Porusta (Moultonborough, N.H.) finished the scoring at 7-1 with a goal in the 84th minute.
Despite the score, NEC held a 33-20 advantage in shots, 14-10 advantage in shots on goal, and an 11-5 edge in corner kicks.
NEC starter Tenzin Khenrab tallied two saves and allowed six goal before giving way to Dylan Mix, who did not record a save in the final 12 minutes of the game.
Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) earned the start and the win for Thomas with nine saves in 45 minutes before giving way to John Villanueva (Gray, Maine), who had four saves in the second half.
The Terriers will host Maine Maritime Academy in the North Atlantic Conference quarterfinals on Sunday, October 29 with a time to be determined.