WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's soccer team fell to the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, on a late penalty kick in non-conference play on Wednesday night at Smith Field.
The Terriers fall in their second straight and drop to .500 at 5-5-1 while the Huskies improve to 5-5-1.
The game remained scoreless through the first half as the Terriers outshot the Huskies 8-5. Southern Maine keeper Richard Glemawu came up big twice in the half with two diving saves on Josh Emard (Lebanon, Maine) and Adam LaBrie (Yarmouth, Maine). The Huskies looked to get themselves on the board 42nd as Sergio Martin Acuna settled a ball in the box. With the goalie out of position, Acuna's shot ripped just wide of the right post.
The Terriers pressured offensively in the second half as Emard walked in with an open chance in the 63rd minute. Glemawu made the diving save to the right side to keep the game scoreless. Just over a minute later Benjamin Musese found himself in alone on the right side. His shot was stopped by Thomas goalkeeper John Villanueva (Gray, Maine).
Southern Maine broke the tie in the 75th as the Huskies were awarded a penalty kick. Joseph Kalilwa's shot beat Villanueva to the right side for a 1-0 lead. The Terriers applied more offensive pressure late in the game as Glemawu stood strong to end the game at 1-0.
Villanueva shouldered the loss in goal for Thomas, after relieving Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) at the half. Glemawu made an impressive 11 saves in the shutout victory for the Huskies.
Thomas outshot Southern Maine 18-13 (11-4 on goal) and held a 10-2 advantage in corners.
The Terriers will return to North Atlantic Conference action on Saturday, October 7 as they host Castleton University at 3:30 p.m.