Men's Soccer Edged Out by Thomas, 2-1

Men's Soccer Edged Out by Thomas, 2-1

BANGOR, Maine - Husson (5-12-0, 4-3-0 NAC) comes up short in a home conference game against Thomas College (8-7-1, 7-0-0 NAC) Wednesday night at Boucher Field. Thomas jumped out to a two goal lead which proved too much for the Eagles to overcome with a final score of 2-1.


Thomas was able to take an early lead in the game when Drew Parsons was granted a penalty kick and capitalized by scoring just ten minutes into the opening whistle, making the score 1-0. Husson came back the other way just a couple minutes later and nearly scored as Cai Pritchard shot the ball just wide of the post. 

Nearly halfway through the first half, Benjamin Powell made an impressive diving save on a shot from Princiel Kenieki of Thomas. Not long after, Zenawi Bowen was able to find the back of the net for the Terriers in the 25th minute, increasing their lead to 2-0. Bowen headed the ball in after a good bounce came directly to him off an assist from Josh Irving.

Husson got on the board in the 37th minute when Pritchard snuck the ball past John Villanueva who came out of the net to challenge him. Ben Shumway for Husson would also find himself in a scoring opportunity just a couple minutes later, but missed the net by a hair, firing the ball wide to the right and high.

It was a fast paced, up-and-down second half that saw no goals scored due to strong defense and goaltending from both teams. Jordi Cabau Limens found himself in scoring position and attempted a bicycle kick right in front of the net, but was denied by Villanueva late in the 80th minute. 

Remarks from Coach Penny, "It's another frustrating night for us. We keep digging ourselves holes to climb out of. We simply cannot give the other teams head starts. To give up two early goals the way we did just makes it incredibly hard to get back on level terms. However, I thought we showed great character to get a goal back and then battle them until the final whistle. They were far superior to us in the first 20 minutes, but once we started to show some backbone, we were the better side. We had chances again and could have gotten something out of it. It's another learning experience for us, we will learn one of these days, but I was pleased with our efforts besides the first 20 minutes. I don't think it changes much for us. We'll be in the playoffs and anything can happen."


Powell made three saves in the setback while his opponent Villanueva had five stops on the night.


The Eagles will have another home conference matchup against the University of Maine at Presque Isle on Tuesday, October 29th for their final game of the regular season. Kick off is set for 5:30 p.m. at Boucher Field.