WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College field hockey team was shutout by New England College, 1-0, in North Atlantic Conference action on Saturday morning at Bernatchez field as part of Thomas Homecoming Weekend.
The Terriers now fall to 1-11 (0-4 NAC) on the year while the Pilgrims move to 6-9 (1-3 NAC).
The Terriers controlled most of the play in the first half as they applied offensive pressure, outshooting the Pilgrims 12-5. Michaela Clark made many key saves for NEC to keep the game scoreless. The Pilgrims had a big opportunity with 50 seconds left in the half as Audrey Carr beat a Terrier defender and went in all alone. Carr's shot was stopped by Leah Kruse (Norridgewock, Maine) as the game remained 0-0 at the break.
The Pilgrims broke the scoring and netted the game-winner in the 62nd as Anya Owens initial shot was stopped by Kruse. The rebound directed to an open Brittany Tierney who slammed the ball in at the left post for a 1-0 victory.
Clark earned the shutout victory in goal for NEC, stopping all 11 shots while Kruse shouldered the loss with six saves.
Thomas outshot the Pilgrims 18-10 and held a 16-4 advantage in corners. Miranda Gagne (Winslow, Maine) led the Terriers with five shots on goal followed by Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) and Tiffany Weeks (Kennebunk, Maine).
The Terriers will travel to Plymouth State on Tuesday, October 17 for a 7:00 p.m. game.