November 3, 2007

Castleton takes NAC Men's Soccer Championship 2-1 over Husson

Castleton, VT-The top-seeded Castleton State College men’s soccer team won a thrilling North Atlantic Conference Championship match over third-seeded Husson College 2-1 at Alumni Field. Husson’s season ends at 10-10-1 overall.

Both teams were electric from the start, battling on both ends for an advantage. The Spartans would break through first as freshman, Chris Mulholland set up Matt Buhrke for his first goal of the season just under three minutes into play. Mulholland attacked the right flank, then dropped a pass back and to the middle of the field to a waiting Buhrke. The junior midfielder set the ball and struck a perfectly placed ball to the top left corner, just out of the reach of Husson keeper, Miguel Dominguez.

Husson would not go quietly however as they continued to apply pressure to Castleton’s defensive unit. Castleton keeper, Mike Anthony made two saves in the first half before the Spartans would break through on Dominguez and the Eagle defense once again. In the 21st minute Castleton was on the attack, after a scramble in front of the net freshman Josh Costa unleashed a shot that rocked the crossbar and ricocheted out to Mulholland. Mulholland played a header back to the middle, and NAC Player of the Year, Ryan Hahn headed the game winner into the net.

The Eagles continued to attack and finally broke through in the 38th minute of play. Nattapong Kongsuriya hit a laser that was saved by Anthony, but not controlled. Jeffrey Truchon would gather in the rebound and send it in to cut the lead in half.

The second half would be played with the same intensity, but neither team could break through. Dominguez ended his afternoon with three saves, while the combination of Justin Gauvin and Tim Mousette turned away several other attempts in the back.

Anthony stopped five shots in the win as Castleton awaits the announcement of the NCAA Division III National Tournament pairings at 13-7-1. The tournament selections will be announced via webcast on NCAASports.com, Monday, November 5 at 11:00 am.

2007 NAC Men’s Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team
Dircilino DeBrito, Becker (Junior forward, Bedford, MA)
Jared Silva, Becker (Junior back, Freetown, MA)
Andy Knox, Maine-Farmington (Senior midfielder, Waterloo, ME)
Brian Lemont, Maine-Farmington (Junior goalkeeper, Brunswick, ME)
Natapong Kongsuriya, Husson (Junior midfielder, Bangkok, Thailand)
Tim Mousette, Husson (Junior back, Keene, NH)
Jeffrey Truchon, Husson (Junior back, Greene, ME)
Mike Anthony, Caslteton (Junior goalkeeper, Dartmouth, MA)
Nick Bellizzi, Castleton (Sophomore back, Montgomery, NJ)
Matt Buhrke, Castleton (Junior midfielder, Ravena, NY)
Chris Mulholland, Castleton (Freshman midfielder, Ridgefield park, NJ)
Tournament MVP: Ryan Hahn, Castleton (Junior forward, Benson, VT)
 

2007 NAC Men’s Soccer Championship

Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 28 at higher seeds

(8) Johnson State

at

(1) Castleton

2

(7) Thomas

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(2) Becker

3

(6) Lesley

at

(3) Husson

2

(5) Me.-Farmington

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(4) Elms

0
 UMF advances on penalty kicks

 

 

 

 

 

Semifinals - Wednesday, October 31

(5) Me.-Farmington 

at 

(1) Castleton 

(3) Husson 2
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(2) Becker
         
Championship - Saturday, November 3, at Castleton
(3) Husson
1
at  (1) Castleton
 

Top-seed Castleton earns spot in NAC Final with 3-0 win over U. Maine-Farmington

Castleton, VT-The top-seeded Castleton State College men’s soccer team punched its ticket to the North Atlantic Conference Tournament Final with a 3-0 win over fifth-seeded University of Maine at Farmington.

The two teams battled through 22:54 of back-and-forth scoreless soccer action, reminiscent of the 0-0 tie the two teams played to just 10 days prior. Sophomore, Corey Robbins put a stop to that, with a rocket that beat Farmington keeper, Brian Lemont.

In the 35th minute Bennett Laderoute took a centering pass from Ryan Hahn and one touched it inside te near post to give Castleton the 2-0 halftime lead.

The Spartans would tack on one more insurance goal in the 67th minute as Josh Costa struck for his first collegiate goal, assisted by freshman classmate, Chris Mullholand. Costa gathered in the pass from Mulholland and hit a perfect shot low and just in side the far post that sent the crowd into a frenzy.

Lemont, who entered the day ranked ninth in the nation in save percentage, stopped six shots as Farmington ends its season at 6-5-6.

Castleton keeper, Mike Anthony stopped four shots to convert his third-straight shut-out. The Spartans improve to 12-7-1 overall and will play host to Husson College at 1:00 pm in the North Atlantic ConferenceFinal. Husson earned a spot in Saturday’s final by way of a 2-0 win over Becker College. In the two teams’ only meeting of the season, Castleton won 2-1 in Castleton. 

Truchon tallies two goals as Husson Eagles Soar Past Becker Hawks

Leicester, MA – The number three seed Husson Eagles upset the number two seed Becker Hawks 2-0 to advance to the North Atlantic Conference final this weekend. Becker College finishes the season at 15-6 (5-2 NAC) and Husson improves to 10-9-1 (5-2-1 NAC).

The teams battled to a 0-0 tie in the first half of play. Husson grabbed a 1-0 lead on a direct kick by Joshua Bartlett  (Bowdoinham, ME) that was tipped into the left hand corner by Jeffrey Truchon (Green, ME) past Becker goaltender Aaron Fill (Ladner, BC) in the 62nd minute.

Truchon picked up his second goal of the game on a beautiful throw in from the left hand sideline from William Shannon (Newburgh, ME) at the 76th minute.

Miguel Dominguez had three saves in goal for the shutout for Husson.

Husson advances to the NAC Finals and will play the winner of the Castleton vs. Maine-Farmington game for the championship.


Castleton advances to semifinal round of NAC Tournament with 2-0 win over Johnson State

Castleton, VT-The first-seeded Castleton State College men’s soccer team advanced to the semifinal round of the North Atlantic Conference
(NAC) Tournament with a 2-0 win over eighth-seeded Johnson State College.

The two teams battled through nearly 76 minutes of scoreless soccer before Castleton tallied a pair of late goals to advance.

Bennett Laderoute scored his second collegiate goal at 75:42 after corralling a misdirected pass in the box. Johnson State keeper, Andrew Lane, who was fantastic all day was caught heading in the wrong direction and Laderoute sent home the game-winner.

Less than three minutes later Corey Robbins tacked on an insurance goal after a series of jukes and fancy footwork had him 10 yards out. The sophomore forward blasted a left-footed rocket to the upper right corner of the goal, just past Lane’s outstretched hand.

Lane finished the game with seven saves as Johnson State’s season comes to a close at 4-12. Mike Anthony made three saves in the victory as Castleton improves to 11-7-1. The Spartans will host U. Maine-Farmington on Wednesday, October 31 at a time to be determined.

 Becker Advances to NAC Semifinals

Leicester, MA – The Becker Hawk’s men’s soccer team defeated the Terriers of Thomas College 3-0 in North Atlantic Conference quarter-final play. The Hawks advance to the NAC semi-finals to face Husson College on Wednesday, October 31st at 1:30 pm at Becker College. Becker improves its record to 15-5 (6-2 NAC) and the Terriers finish their season at 7-9-3 (2-5-1 NAC).

The Hawks got on board late in the first half on a goal by Ali Samura (Milton, MA) in the 44thSnjezan Telebak (Chicago, IL) fed the ball thru the box to Samura for the goal. Thomas’ best scoring opportunity of the half came off the foot of Ryan Ackerman (Topsham, ME) with Hawks goaltender Aaron Fill (Ladner, BC) making the save. minute.

Telebak picked up his second assist of the game on a beautiful cross from the right side that Dircilino DeBrito (New Bedford, MA) put past Terriers keeper Russell Beckwith (North Berwick, ME) to make the game 2-0 at the 69th minute.

DeBrito finished out the scoring with a breakaway from midfield at the 82nd minute.

Beckwith finished with four saves; Fill had one save for his fifth shutout of the season. 

Husson Shuts Out Lesley 2-0

Bangor, ME – #3 Husson shutout Lesley University 2-0 to advance to the NAC semi-finals.  Miguel Dominguez (FY, Rome, GA) and Bradley Ala (SO, Caribou, ME) combined on the shutout. 

Eagles jumped on top 12:43 into the game as Nattapong Kongsuriya (JR, Bangkok, Thialand) scored an unassisted goal making it 1-0.  Mark Trombley (SO, Burnham, ME) set up Nathan Carter (SO, Presque Isle, ME) off a corner kick with just under 20 minutes remaining the half  making it 2-0.   

Dominguez made two saves in the first half while Ala did not record a save in the second half.  Zach Almeida-Beers (FY, Rehboth, MA) had 4 saves against 16 shots. 

Husson moves to 9-9-1 on the season and advances to play at #2 Becker College on Wednesday, October 31.  Lesley finishes at 6-10-1 on the season. 


Castleton Earns Top Seed in NAC Men's Soccer Championship

After finishing conference play 6-1-1, Castleton has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Spartans (10-7-1 overall) will host in-state rival and eight seed Johnson State (4-11-0 overall, 2-6-0 NAC) when quarterfinal action begins this Sunday, October 28.  The Spartans only loss in conference play came in overtime at the hands of the Badgers on Sept. 8.

Becker will enter the championship as the second seed. With a 6-2-0 conference mark (14-5 overall), the Hawks will host seventh seed Thomas (7-8-3 overall, 2-5-1 NAC). Third seed Husson (8-9-1 overall, 5-2-1 NAC) will host sixth seed Lesley (8-9-1 overall, 3-5-0 NAC). Maine-Farmington, who knocked off Becker and tied top seed Castleton, will travel to fourth seed Elms (5-10-1 overall, 5-3-0 NAC).

The top eight teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. Quarterfinal games will be played on Sunday, October 28 at 1:00 p.m. at the higher seed unless otherwise noted. Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Wednesday, October 31 at 2:00 p.m. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 3 at the highest remaining seed. Game times are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

2007 NAC Men’s Soccer Championship

Quarterfinals - Sunday, October 28 at higher seeds

(8) Johnson State

 

at

(1) Castleton

 1:00 pm

(7) Thomas

 

at

(2) Becker

 1:00 pm

(6) Lesley

 

at

(3) Husson

 1:00 pm

(5) Me.-Farmington

 

at

(4) Elms

 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Semifinals - Wednesday, October 31 at higher seeds

Winner of 1/8 vs. Winner of 4/5

Winner of 2/7 vs. Winner of 3/6

 

 

 

 

 

Championship - Saturday, November 3 at highest remaining seed

Semifinal Winners