NAC Semifinal Preview: #1 Thomas Hosts #4 Husson

NAC Semifinal Preview: #1 Thomas Hosts #4 Husson

(With Contributions from the North Atlantic Conference)

WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College men's soccer team will host Husson University in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Semifinals on Tuesday, November 1, in a 7:00 p.m. matchup at Smith Field.

The Terriers finished their 2016 NAC season schedule at 9-0, earning the top seed of the NAC Tournament and a first round bye.  The number four seeded Eagles knocked off the fifth ranked Mariners of Maine Maritime on Saturday, 1-0, to advance.

Both teams met for their regular season matchup on September 27, as the Terriers went on to win 6-1 at Husson.  Junior Tevin Reid (Dorchester, Mass. / Bunker Hill) scored two goals and tallied an assist in the first half to lead the Terriers.

Thomas posted an impressive 49-4 goal differential over nine games, with four shutouts and never allowing a NAC opponent to score more than one goal in a game.  They led the league in goals, assists (44), points (142), goals allowed, goal against average (0.44) and tied for the top in shutouts. In Division III, Thomas ranks in the top-6 in seven offensive statistical categories including third in assists per game (3.38), fourth in points per game (10.88), shots on goal per game (11.25) and total assists (54), fifth in scoring offense (3.75) and total points (174), and sixth in total goals (60). On defense, the Terriers find themselves ranked 25th in the nation with a .845 save percentage and 45th with a 0.78 goals against average.

Husson finished their regular season with a 6-2-1 conference record.  The Eagles have only allowed more than two goals in two contests this season, both 6-1 losses to Bowdoin and Thomas.  The Eagles will look to NAC Defensive Player of the Year, Cody Gross, to shut down the Terrier offense.  In 14 games, Gross is 7-5-2 with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .806 save percentage.  Husson's offense is led by Miguel Caballero and Rod Ghanayem who have each scored eight goals this season.

In their last postseason matchup, the Eagles shutout the Terriers 4-0 in the 2014 North Atlantic Conference Championship game.