CASTINE, Maine – Thomas College defeated SUNY Canton 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship game played at Ritchie Field on the campus of Maine Maritime Academy.
The Terriers, who entered the NAC Tournament as the second seed, improve to 14-4-1 overall and advance to the NCAA Tournament, while the fifth-seeded Kangaroos fall to 9-10-2 overall.
The two teams battled closely in the first half, and remained deadlocked at 0-0 at halftime. The Terriers held a slim 8-6 edge in shots in the first half.
Thomas had a good opportunity early in the second half, when MacQuille Walker placed a laser on net, but Canton's keeper Mouhammed Thiam made a jumping save to keep the ball out of the top right corner.
The Terriers struck in the 67th minute when Michael Sanzari curved a free kick in front of the net and Josh Emard kicked the ball past Thiam. The goal held for the victory and Emard earned NAC Tournament MVP honors.
Jonathan Dutka made three saves in the victory for Thomas, while Thiam college five saves in the loss for Canton.
Thomas held a 17-7 advantage in shots, and a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
2018 Men's Soccer All-Tournament Team
Trevor Richards - Maine Maritime
Dalton Moore – Maine Maritime
Gerald Arias Huerta – Husson
Rod Ghanayem – Husson
Edward Malinosku, Jr. – SUNY Canton
Kyle Smith – SUNY Canton
Mouhammed Thiam – SUNY Canton
Adam Labrie – Thomas
Jahkelyo Burgess – Thomas
Justin Bell – Thomas
MVP – Josh Emard – Thomas