No. 3 Husson and No. 5 SUNY Canton prevail in quarterfinal games to advance to the semifinal round of the 2018 NAC Men's Soccer Championship tournament. Both teams will travel to Castine, Maine to challenge for the title. Semifinal games are Saturday, November 3, and the Championship game is set for Sunday, November 4.
Quarterfinal 1 - SUNY Canton 5, Northern Vermont-Johnson 0
Johnson, VT – Kyle Smith scored a pair of goals as the SUNY Canton men's soccer team earned a 5-0 road win v. NVU-Johnson in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinals on Saturday.
With the win the Roos improve to 8-9-2 (4-3 NAC) on the season and advance to the NAC Semifinals where they will take on top seed and tournament host Maine Maritime Academy. The Roos earned a 3-1 win v. the Mariners on September 22nd and are the only team to beat MMA in conference play.
SUNY Canton scored three times in less than an 11-minute span in the opening half. Austin Brault got the scoring started in the 31st minute off a pass from Evran Akman. Smith doubled the Canton lead eight minutes later off the setup from Kevin Velasquez. Four minutes before halftime Brett Anderson found Josh Geller to make it 3-0. The Roos held a 6-1 shots on goal advantage in the opening half.
Smith added his second goal of the game and ninth of the season in the 55th minute off a pass from Velasquez. Edward Malinoski netted his team-leading 11th goal of the season 14 minutes later for the 5-0 final.
Mouhammed Thiam made two saves in the shutout, while Gerrit Lane made six stops for the Badgers (10-7, 4-3).
~Courtesy of SUNY Canton Sports Information
Quarterfinal 2 - Husson 2, UMaine Farmington 1
BANGOR, Maine - UMaine-Farmington took an early lead before Husson prevailed in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) quarterfinal matchup. The Beavers end the 2018 bid at 5-13 overall (2-5 NAC), while the Eagles advance to the NAC semifinal round and improve to 8-8-3 (5-1-1) on the season.
UMaine-Farmington junior Andrew Longhurst took the ball to the net and scored unassisted seven minutes into the game. Husson's offense pressured, outshooting the Beavers 8-3 in the first half. Rod Ghanayem tied the game for the Eagles in the 62nd minute with an unassisted goal. Thirteen minutes of cold and wet play later, Alvaro Valls scored the eventual game-winner off the foot of Paxton Oversmith.
Husson kept the offensive pressure high throughout, launching 23 shots toward UMaine-Farmington goalkeeper Matthew Wilson who faced ten of them and turned away eight. Kyle Townsend recorded the win for Husson, making one save on two shots on goal.
Husson now prepares for a semifinal game with second seed Thomas College on Saturday, November 3 at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine Maine. Game time is 4:30 pm.
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