WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College men's soccer team rolled to an 8-2 victory over Lyndon State College in a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup this afternoon on Smith Field for senior day.
Prior to the contest, six seniors were recognized for their dedication to Thomas men's soccer: Nawfal El-Antri (Dorchester, Mass.), Tevin Reid (Dorchester, Mass.), John Flores-McKenna (Rockville, Centre, N.Y.), Jeffrey Nagy (Old Saybrook, Conn.), Kyle Fletcher (Monmouth, Maine), and Ibrahim Moustapher (Blantyre, Malawi).
The Terriers climb back to .500 at 7-7-1 (5-1-1 NAC) while the Hornets fall to 5-7-1 (1-6-1 NAC).
The Thomas offense went to work early in the first half as Jack Gallagher (Camden, Maine) put his team on top on a one-touch goal from Reid in the 3rd minute. Just under four minutes later, Reid tallied his own marker as he beat a Hornet defender and finished for a 2-0 lead.
The Hornets looked to rally back in the 26th minute as they Nate Kolash was awarded a free kick. Kolash's shot from 25 yards out beat Thomas keeper Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) to cut the lead in half.
Thomas went on to add two more goals before the break to take a 4-1 lead. Baramee Janla (Winter Harbor, Maine) netted his first goal of the season off of a rebound from Zenawi Bowen (St. George, Bermuda). Bowen scored a goal of his own six minutes later on a through ball from El-Antri.
The Terriers notched another three straight goals in the second half as Josh Emard recorded his fourth goal of the year on a deep shot in the 72nd minute. Fletcher tallied back-to-back markers in the 82nd and 87th to bring the lead to 7-1.
Devin Cowan added the Hornets second goal of the game as a he stole the ball from new Thomas keeper John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) and finished. Fletcher completed the hat trick with 39 seconds remaining to end the scoring at 8-2.
Matt LaClair made 11 saves in the effort for Lyndon while Dutka earned the victory for Thomas.
The Terriers outshot the Hornets 31-3 and held a 13-0 advantage in corners.
Thomas will hit the road on Saturday, October 21 as they travel to Colby-Sawyer for a 3:00 p.m. NAC matchup.