Courtesy of Colby Sports Information
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's soccer team fell to crosstown rival Colby College, 3-1, in the battle of the Elm City Cup on Tuesday afternoon.
The Terriers drop their third straight match, moving to 2-3 while the Mules improve to 1-1.
Asa Berolzheimer scored his first collegiate goal at 25:02 of the first half with some good hustle. Thomas took a goal kick that junior Lucas Pereira won in the air for the Mules. Berolzheimer ran hard to win a 50-50 ball with a Terrier defender, took a few dribbles, and ripped a low shot into the left corner of the goal and a 1-0 lead.
After the break, Colby added an insurance goal at 57:49. Berolzheimer had the ball near the line close to the left post and pushed a short pass to Jeff Rosenberg, who tapped the ball in the goal for a 2-0 margin.
A dangerous kick in the penalty area by Colby gave Thomas an indirect kick from about 15 yards out. The Terriers executed well when DJ Nicholas (Portland, Maine) gently touched the ball freshman Zenawi Bowen (St. George, Bermuda), who put a low shot in the right corner of the goal with just 8:04 to play.
The Terriers did manage some pressure in the final eight minutes, but Colby closed out the scoring with just 0.6 seconds remaining. Douglas won a ball on the left side and pushed a pass across to Lucas Pereira, who was wide open and beat the clock with the shot.
Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) stopped one shot for Thomas in the first half and John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) made three stops in the second half. Dan Carlson made two saves in the first half and earned his first collegiate victory while playing 68:15. Avery Gibson played the final 21:45 in goal for the Mules.
The Mules had a 22-5 advantage in shots and a 5-4 margin in corner kicks. The Terriers had all four of their corner kicks in the second half.
Thomas will return home on Saturday, September 16 as they open their North Atlantic Conference schedule against Husson at 1:00 p.m.