The Thomas College Men's Soccer team rallied from a 2-0 deficit with 17 minutes remaining to defeat Husson, 3-2, in overtime to advance to the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship.
Thomas College Men's Soccer has 9 Bermudian players on their roster including Diondre Dowling, London Steede-Jackson, Mikal Simmons, Willie Clemons, MacQuille Walker, Jordan Lambe, Rai Sampson, Jordan Payne and Zeon Robinson.
Sophomore forward Adam LaBrie scored Thomas’ first goal and the game-winner in sudden death overtime. Husson goalkeeper Cody Gross came up big for his team throughout the contest, stopping four breakaway chances.
Husson broke open the scoring in the 13th minute as they were awarded a free kick on the right side. Gage Kennedy’s cross was controlled by Miguel Caballero. Caballero sent a pass over to Saker Ghanayem who tucked the ball inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.
Thomas had many chances towards the end of the half but Gross stood tall for Husson.
Husson scored doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when a light shot from Jimmy Fitzpatrick found its way through the Thomas defense and by keeper Drew Martin.
Thomas began their rally in the 73rd minute as a crossing pass from freshman Josh Irving found the head of LaBrie in front, beating Gross to the left side for a 2-1 game.
Just five minute later, Dowling sent a deep centering pass into the box. Clemons headed the ball inside the right post for a goal to tie the game. Husson made a last second effort at the buzzer but Martin made the save to send the game into overtime.
Four minutes into the overtime, Steede-Jackson took the ball up the right side and sent a centering pass in front. LaBrie jumped over a Husson defender, heading the ball in for the game-winning goal to finish the scoring at 3-2.
Martin turned aside eight shots in the victory for Thomas while Gross made ten saves in a very impressive performance for Husson. Thomas outshot Husson 21-15 and held a 7-1 advantage in corners.