Middlebury, VT – The Thomas College Men's Soccer Team amazing season ended in the NCAA First Round today on the campus of Middlebury College as the Terriers fell to the Pioneers of William Paterson University 2-1. William Paterson will move on to face Middlebury on Sunday.
Thomas faced a relentless William Paterson attack as the Terriers got out shot 12-4; but it was the Terriers who struck first when Freshmen Dence Manguda (Portland, ME) finished a Dylan Keller (Freedom, ME) assist in the 31st minute.
At halftime the scoreboard read 1-0 Thomas.
William Paterson continued their strong attack in the second half and finally hit pay dirt when Julian Valerio hit the back of the net off of an Anthony Ferrer assist in the 49th minute. The Pioneers struck again for the go ahead goal in the 61st minute with a Kene Eze goal.
Thomas made a strong effort to tie in the last five minutes of regulation, but just couldn't hit the goal and when the time ran out the Terriers story book season had reached it's end.
Freshmen Goal Keeper Mikkail Crockwell (Bermuda) had four saves in the loss.
November 8, 2010
Thomas to Face William Paterson in NCAA Men's Soccer Fist Round
Indianapolis, IN -- At 2:00pm today the Thomas College Terriers (11-5-2, 5-2 NAC) got the news they have been waiting for ever since clinching the North Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Title this past Saturday receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament. The Terriers will face off against the Pioneers of William Paterson University (13-3-3, 6-2-1 NJAC) out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The game will be played on the campus of Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT on Saturday, November 13 at 1:30 pm.
The Terriers are coming off of a 3-1 victory in the NAC Championship over Lyndon College. The Pioneers received an at large bid and are coming off of a 1-1 loss (4-1 penalty kick advantage) to Kean University in the NJAC Semifinals.
This is the first trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Thomas Men’s Soccer program and second time for William Paterson. The winner will move on to face the winner of the Middlebury/Daniel Webster match up. Semifinal winners will meet Sunday at 1pm.