WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's soccer team came up short in a 3-2 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) loss to Castleton University on Saturday afternoon at Smith Field.
In the defeat, the Terriers drop their first regular season conference game since October 4, 2015. Thomas falls to 5-6-1 (3-1-1 NAC) overall while Castleton moves to the .500 mark at 5-5-2 (4-0-1 NAC).
The Spartans opened the scoring early in the 8th minute on a goal from Colby Gay. Seraphin Iradukunda sprinted up the right side and sent a crossing pass to Gay at the left post as he finished with a shot off the crossbar. Castleton added their second goal in the 25th minute as Jack Kingdon was awarded a free kick from the right side. The kick was redirected in front by Valter Jacobsson as the ball tucked inside the right post for a 2-0 advantage at the break.
The Terriers broke the shutout in the 57th minute as they were awarded a free kick just outside the eighteen. Nawfal El-Antri's (Dorchester, Mass.) shot beat Spartan keeper Aaron Parker to the right side. Thomas notched the game up at 2-2 in the 79th minute as Tevin Reid (Dorchester, Mass.) bent in a free kick to the left corner.
The tie was short lived as Castleton netted the game winner in the 83rd minute as Gay sent a crossing pass into the box. Fidele Rutayisire headed the cross past Terrier goalie John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) and in to finish the game at 3-2.
Villanueva shouldered the loss in goal for Thomas, allowing one goal on four shots in the second half after relieving Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) who made two saves. Parker earned the win in goal for Castleton, making three saves.
The Spartans outshot Thomas 20-13 and held a 4-2 advantage in corners.
The Terriers will return to action on Sunday, October 8 as they host Green Mountain College at 2:30 p.m.