NAC Men's Soccer Weekly Honors (Week Ending 9/16/18)



Player of the Week

Kyle Townsend, Husson

(Jr., GK - Hampden, Maine)

Townsend recorded his first career point in the opening minute of play against SUNY Canton, sending a free kick from just outside his goal box, sailing down the field over nearly every player's head before bouncing down just in front of teammate Nathan Firlings, giving the Eagles an early 1-0 advantage. Once again off the boot of Townsend, Husson extended their lead to 3-1 in the 39th minute, after teammate Ian Lee took control of a misplayed ball by Kangaroo defender, punted by Townsend. Husson returned home with a 4-1 victory and a win for the junior in net.


Defensive Player of the Week

Arthur Clayton, Northern Vermont-Johnson

(Fr, D - Lyme, N.H.)

Arthur played an integral part in two big Badger wins this week. He provided assists from the left back on the opening two goals of Badger's win at Green Mountain to get the team rolling after a long stalemate. Clayton followed that up by scoring the game winning goal against UMPI also from the left back position. He added an assist in the contest to end the week with 1 goal and 3 assists from the back.


Rookie of the Week 

Benjamin Powell, Husson

(Fr., GK - Frankfort, Maine)

Five minutes into the match against Bowdoin, Powell stopped not one, but two penalty kicks in net for the Eagles, because the first one had to be retaken. In his first collegiate start in net, he held off the Polar Bears from scoring throughout the entire first half, tallying eight saves in the match. In the Eagles first encounter with SUNY Canton since joining the conference, Powell helped Husson maintain a 4-1 victory finishing out the remaining 21:20 in net while picking up two saves.



North Atlantic Conference play opened September 15.

SUNY Canton went 1-1-1 in a busy three game week. Conner Morse scored a pair of goals to lead the team to a 4-1 win v. Southern Vermont on Sunday. Tyler Petersen earned his first collegiate win stopping three of four shots. Mouhammed Thiam stopped all three shots he faced in his third shutout of the season in a 0-0 double overtime tie v. Utica on Wednesday and the Roos fell 4-1 in their North Atlantic Conference opener v. Husson on Saturday. Edward Malinoski, Jr. scored one goal each v. the Eagles and Mountaineers.

UMaine-Farmington went 1-1 on the week with a 5-0 win over Unity College and a 2-1 loss to NAC opponent Maine Maritime.

Husson traveled to Bowdoin on the 11th, losing a close 2-1 match. The Eagles traveled to SUNY Canton and came out firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first half. Goalie, Kyle Townsend, opened up the game with a long ball of his own, grabbing the assist within the first minute. Husson won the match by a score of 4-1. 

NVU-Johnson were strong defensively to reach a 2-0 week, beating Green Mountain College and conference opponent University of Maine Presque Isle.

NVU-Lyndon dropped both of their contests during the week. On Wednesday they dropped a 3-1 non-conference match at Dean, and on Saturday they fell, 7-0, in their NAC opener against Thomas.

Maine Maritime picked up their first win of the season on Saturday, when they defeated UMaine-Farmington in their conference opener. Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) scored both goals to lead the Mariners to the 2-1 victory. The Mariners host UMaine-Machias on Wednesday night before heading to SUNY Canton on Saturday.

Thomas went 2-0 on the week, beginning with a 3-2 win over USM on Tuesday. The Terriers visited NVU-Lyndon on Saturday, where they took a 7-0 win in their conference opener. Thomas Host Unity on Thursday, then takes on NVU-Johnson at home in a conference match on Saturday.

UMaine-Presque Isle finished the week at 0-2 after suffering a 7-0 loss at Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday. The Owls, who were without the services of seven injured players, lost 3-1 at Unity College on Sunday. Chad Bartlett, a Junior midfielder from Bradley, Maine scored for the Owls against the Rams.