Husson Wins NAC Men's Soccer Championship

Box Score

Bangor, ME - Husson University defeated Castleton State College 3-1 to claim the 2009 North Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Championship. With the win, Husson will advance the NCAA tournament. Castleton ends their season with a record of 10-7-3 as the NAC Runner Up.

Thirty seconds into the first half, Husson’s first shot of the game resulted in a goal by Gavin Madden. Madden was assisted by Justin Gauvin (Sr., Woolwich, ME). Castleton answered with a goal of their own with 4:30 left in the first half. Castleton’s Jacob Roswell (Fy., White River Jct., VT) netted the goal after collecting Corey Robbins’ (Sr., Barre, VT) rebounded shot in the Husson goal box. Castleton and Husson would enter halftime tied at 1-1.

At the 66:37 minute mark, Husson was awarded a penalty kick. Alex Martin (So., Van Buren, ME) scored off of a low-left shot to give Husson a 2-1 lead. Ten minutes later, Husson’s John DeSteffano (Fy., Auburn, NH) scored off of a set piece that was taken by James Crockford (Fy., Watford, England) to bring the score to 3-1.

Castleton’s goalkeeper, Mike Anthony (Sr., Dartmouth, MA) made a tremendous second half diving save on James Crockford’s shot to keep the Spartans hopes alive (Fy., Watford, England). Husson’s Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Rome, GA) also made a huge late second half save deflecting a Nick Johnas (So., Niskayuna, NY) header off of Greg Klopfer’s (Sr., Voorheesville, NY) corner kick. On the day, Anthony tallied 8 saves on 19 shots while Dominguez recorded 11 saves on 19 shots.

All Tournament Team Selections:

Johnson State: Noor Bulle (Fy., F, Somalia)
Johnson State: Chris Keefer (Sr., F, Montague, N.J.)
Maine Maritime: Jeff Butland, (Jr., Gk, Cumberland, ME)
Maine Maritime: Abdullah Alkhayyat (Fy., M, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Castleton: Mike Anthony (Sr., GK, Dartmouth, MA)
Castleton: Josh Costa (So., M, Sutton, MA)
Castleton: Chris Mulholland (Jr., M, Ridgefield Park, NJ)
Castleton: Sean Fitzgerald (Sr., F, Saratoga, NY)
Husson: Tyler Metevier (So., F, Kittery, ME)
Husson: Gavin Madden (Fy., M, Manchester, NH)
Husson: Justin Gauvin (Sr., M, Woolwich, ME)
Husson: Edwin Acosta (So., M, Honduras).
Most Valuable Player: Husson - Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Gk, Rome, GA)


NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 28 at higher seeds
(6)Johnson State 1 at (3) Thomas 1
Johnson advances on PKs (7-6)        
(5) Farmington 1 at (4) Maine Maritime 1
       MMA advances on PKs (4-1)  
Semifinals - Sunday, November 1 at higher seeds
(4) Maine Maritime 0 at (1) Husson 2
(6) Johnson State 2 at (2) Castleton 2
       Castleton advances on PKs (4-2)  
Championship - Saturday, November 7 at Husson
(2) Castleton 1 at (1) Husson 3




November 1, 2009

Top-Seed Husson Advances to host NAC Men's Soccer Championship

Box Score

Bangor, ME - Husson University defeated Maine Maritime Academy 2-0 to advance to the North Atlantic Conference championship game.  With the win, Husson improves to 9-8-2 on the season and will play host to the winner of Castleton versus Johnson State for the NAC Championship.  Maine Maritime finishes their season with a record of 8-6-3. 

Husson scored the game's first goal 23:44 into the second half when Mark Trombley (Sr., Burnham, ME) was taken down in the Mariners  box resulting in a penalty kick.  Edwin Acosta (So., Honduras) took a center-left shot on goal to bring the score to 1-0.

Late in the first half, Mariners goalkeeper, Jeff Butland (Jr., Cumberland, ME), made a huge diving save to his right off a Taylor Wentworth (Fy., Ellsworth, ME) shot to keep the game 1-0 at the half.

Husson's Tyler Metevier (So., Kittery, ME)  scored the game winner 12:14 into the second half.  Metevier received an assist from Edwin Acosta (So., Honduras) thirty yards from the goal and beat a defender, carried the ball toward the 18 yard line and scored off a shot that glanced under the crossbar and into the Mariners' goal bringing the final score to 2-0.

Main Maritime goalkeeper Jeff Butland tallied 7 saves on 20 shots while Husson's Miguel Dominguez (Jr., Rome, GA) tallied 6 saves on 11 shots.

The first seed Husson University will host the NAC Championship game at Boucher Field on Saturday, November 7.  Game time has yet to be decided.


November 1, 2009

Castleton advances third-straight NAC Final with PK win

Box Score

Castleton, VT - Castleton goalie Mike Anthony (Dartmouth, MA) turnedaway two out of the four Johnson State penalty kicks he faced, and theSpartans were successful on all four of their tries to advance to theNorth Atlantic Conference (NAC) Men's Soccer Final for thethird-consecutive season. Castleton will travel to Husson University onNovember 7 in search of its third-straight NAC title against top-seededEagles.

Johnson State played a physical, defensive-minded contest, packing thedefensive end and looking for quick counters. The strategy appeareddestined to work, as the Badgers broke a scoreless tie in the 32ndminute of play. Chris Keefer Montague, NJ) broke free on a breakaway,after a Castleton miscommunication on defense. Anthony came out to cutoff Keefer's angle, but the senior striker snuck it under hisoutstretched hand for his fifth goal of season.

Castleton knotted the score at 1-1 in the 50th minute on a JohnsonState own goal. Chris Mulholland (Ridgefield Park, NJ) played a crossinside the box, and as the Badger defense attempted to clear,inadvertently knocked it past keeper Steve Noyes (Barre, VT).

Johnson State grabbed a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute when Ryan Demars(Morrisville, VT) knocked in a loose ball in front of the net. Keefersent a Johnson State corner kick in towards the net, the ball caromedoff a Spartan defender, and trickled along the goal line to Demars whoknocked it home.

The Spartans continued to apply pressure to the packed backfield, andfinally broke through for a goal in the 74th minute. Billy Lund (Monson,MA) and Greg Klopfer (Voorheesville, NY) hooked up for the pretty score.Lund served a cross from 35-yards out on the right flank, to Klopfer whowas running at full speed down the left flank. Klopfer was able to getenough of his head on the ball to redirect it past the diving Noyes.

Noyes was busy all day as Castleton rifled off 46 shots, to JohnsonState's eight. The Spartans had three terrific chances to take thelead just over 20 minutes into the contest. Mulholland made a nifty slippass in to Sean Fitzgerald (Saratoga Springs, NY) who tried to one-touchpast Noyes but the keeper made a great diving save. Just 20 secondslater, Fitzgerald had another shot, this time at an open net, but aBadger defender leaped and headed it away from the goal. Josh Costa(Sutton, MA) had a straight on look at a left-footed shot, that henearly bent in, but Noyes once again sprawled out for the save. JohnsonState also had two more saves credited to the team in the second halfand second overtime. Both came from defenders on the post, the mostimpressive coming with 6:25 remaining in the second overtime. NickJohnas (Niskayuna, NY) got a head on a corner kick, that was destinedfor the far side post, but Peter Wanjiku (South Burlington, VT) waswaiting on the post and turned it away.

Castleton also held a decisive 16-1 edge in corner kicks, and JohnsonState's physical play translated into 39 fouls to Castleton's 14.

Noyes ended the contest with 15 saves, and Anthony stopped one. But,Castleton's senior goalie stepped up when it mattered most, turningaway a pair of penalty kicks in the penalty kick round.

Costa, Corey Robbins (Barre, VT), Klopfer and Jon Vogt (Henniker, NH)each converted their penalty kick tries. With Castleton leading thepenalty kick round 4-2, Anthony stopped Ryan Joy's (North Montpelier,VT) attempt to seal the win, and rematch with Husson.

Johnson State wraps up its season at 6-8-3 overall, while Castletonremains alive at 10-6-3. 

October 28, 2009

Mariners Beat Beavers on Penalty Kicks, Advance to Semifinals

Box Score

Castine, Maine – Maine Maritime outscored UMaine Farmington 4-1 in PK’s after both teams played to a 1-1 draw in a North Atlantic Conference quarterfinal match Wednesday afternoon. With the draw MMA improves to 8-5-3 on the season and advances to play at Husson University in a semifinal match on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

Maine Maritime struck first in the 7th minute when freshman midfielder Abdullah Alkhayyat (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) scored after he gathered a failed clear by the UMF keeper and chipped it over his head and into the open net for the 1-0 lead. The Mariners took the 1-0 advantage into halftime.

The Beavers had numerous chances early in the second half but failed to convert until Dillon Clark (Old Town, ME) found the top right corner of the net off of a slotted pass from Michael Kelly (Norton, MA) knotting the score a 1-1.

Regulation ended with the score tied at 1-1. UMF outshot MMA 20-16 in the first 90 minutes with Jeff Butland (Cumberland, ME) leading the way with 9 saves.

The Mariners outshot the Beavers 4-3 in the overtime but the save of the day occurred with :50 seconds left in double overtime. MMA keeper Jeff Butland made a diving save off of a direct kick from the foot of Sean Raph (Fairfield, ME). The match remained a stalemate after two overtimes and went into penalty kicks to decide which team would move on to the next round.

MMA’s Nick El-Hajj (Hampden, ME) was the first to take PK’s for MMA and connected to put MMA up 1-0. Ryan Pelletier (Orrington, ME) was the first to shoot for UMF but was denied after another diving save from Butland. Ben Russell (Farmington, ME) put the Mariners up 2-0 after he tucked his shot into the bottom left corner. Sean Raph was up next for UMF but hit the post and the Beavers faced a 2-0 deficit. Isaiah Roberts (Machias, ME) put MMA up 3-0 before Paul Dupre (Rehoboth, MA) connected for the Beavers to leave the pk tally at 3 to 1. Greg Smith (No. Yarmouth, ME) finished off the visitors with MMA’s fourth tally and ending the match with the Mariners winning 4-1 on PK’s

Jeff Butland (Cumberland, ME) recorded the tie for MMA making 11 saves on 23 shots. Erik Corcoran (Gorham, NH) made 4 saves on 20 MMA shots in net for the Beavers. UMaine Farmington ends the season at 8-5-3 overall.


October 28, 2009

Johnson State Men's Soccer advnaces in Penalty Kicks over host Thomas

Box Score

October 26, 2009, Waterville, Maine - The Thomas College Terriers and the Johnson State Badgers met in the first round of the NAC tournament on Wednesday October 28, 2009 at Alumni Field. The first half saw the Badgers take a 1-0 lead when a defensive goal was scored by the Terriers 25 minutes into the game. The goal for the Badgers was credited to First-Year Forward Noor Bulle (Burlington, VT).

The score remained 1-0 until fifteen minutes into the second half when Thomas College Forward Tim Costa (Pelham, NH) scored from Antonio Juco (Winterport, ME). The second half ended in a 1-1 tie.

The game remained tied through both overtime periods forcing sudden death penalty kicks.

The first five penalty kicks for both teams resulted in scores. The second round of penalty kicks ended when Badger Keeper Steve Noyes (Barre, VT) came up with the save and the game winning penalty kick was scored by Chris Keefer (Montague, NJ).

Johnson State now advances to second round play against Castleton State College of Vermont. The Semi-Final game is slated for Sunday, November 1, 2009.

October 25, 2009

NAC Men's Soccer Championship Seeds Announced

After finishing conference play with an unbeaten 5-0-2 mark, Husson has earned the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Men's Soccer Championship. The Eagles (8-8-2 overall) earned a first round bye and will host a semifinal contest on Sunday, November 1.

Thomas will enter the championship as the third seed and host a first round contest on Wednesday, October 28. With a 3-1-3 conference mark (5-8-3 overall), the Terriers will face Johnson State (6-8-1 overall, 2-5 NAC) who finished sixth. Thomas defeated the Badgers 1- when the two teams met in Johnson.

The Thomas/Johnson State winner will advance to meet Castleton on Sunday, November 1. Castleton (10-6-2 overall) finished 5-1-1 in conference play to earn the second seed and a first round bye.

Fourth seed Maine Maritime (8-5-2 overall, 4-2-1 NAC) will host fifth seed Maine-Farmington (8-6-2 overall, 3-3-2 NAC) on Wednesday. The Mariners, who finished tied for third but received the fourth seed due to predetermined tie-breakers, defeated the Beavers 4-1 when the teams played in September. The winner will travel to Husson for the other semifinal contest on November 1.

The top six teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. First round games will be played on Wednesday, October 28 at the higher seed unless otherwise noted. Winners will advance to the semifinals held at the higher seed on Sunday, November 1. Semifinal winners will meet Saturday, November 7 at the highest remaining seed. Game times and dates are subject to change. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

NAC Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 28 at higher seeds
(6)Johnson State
  at (3) Thomas  
(5) Farmington   at (4) Maine Maritime
Semifinals - Sunday, November 1 at higher seeds
Maine Maritime/Farmington winner   at (1) Husson  
Thomas/Johnson State winner   at (2) Castleton  
Championship - Saturday, November 7 at highest remaining seed
Semifinal Winners