Thomas Nips Southern Maine 3-2

Thomas Nips Southern Maine 3-2


GORHAM, Maine  – Junior MacQuille Walker (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda/Berkeley Institute) scored in the 82nd minute to snap a 2-2 tie and lead the Thomas College Terriers to a 3-2 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference men's soccer game Tuesday night at Hannaford Field. 

Dropping its second straight, Southern Maine is now 1-3-1 overall. Thomas College has won its last three games and stands at 5-1 on the season. 

Ahead of the Huskies 2-0 after the first nine minutes of the second half, Thomas College found itself in a 2-2 battle with a surging Southern Maine squad.   The Terriers led 1-0 at the half on a goal from senior Adam Labrie (Yarmouth, Maine), and then took a 2-0 advantage in the 54th minute on a breakaway marker from freshman Justin Bell (Hamilton Parish, Bermuda/Hebron Academy).  Bell ran onto a lofted service from classmate Kyle Patterson (Gorham, Maine/South Portland) and then was able to adeptly chip the Southern Maine keeper for the score. 

The Huskies battled their way back into the game 10 minutes later breaking up the shut out on junior Hany Ramadan's (Portland, Maine/Deering) first goal of the season.  Ramandan was able to body in an assist from senior Sheddy Agbonsalo (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical) to half the Huskies' deficit in the 64th minute.  Six minutes later, Southern Maine pulled even with the Terriers when senior Charlie Mull (Portland, Maine/Cheverus) carried the ball up the left side of the field and hit sophomore Benjamin Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) with an assist to the far post.  The goal was Musese's team-leading sixth of the season.  

In a wide open game, both teams had chances in the final twenty minutes of action to go on top, but both Southern Maine senior Simon Hulbert (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) and Terrier senior Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) were up to the task.  Dutka earned the win making five saves, while Hulbert turned back eight.   

Southern Maine is on the road for its next contest and will travel to Rhode Island College on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) in a Little East Conference match up. Thomas begins its conference schedule and will travel to Northern Vermont-Lyndon on Saturday (3:30 p.m.).