POULTNEY, Vt. – Maine Maritime Academy men's soccer cruised to an 8-0 victory over Green Mountain College on Sunday afternoon in North Atlantic Conference action. With the win, the Mariners clinched the sixth seed in the upcoming NAC Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament.
Ike Doiron (Wilton, Maine) gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute on a pass from teammate Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine). Maine Maritime doubled their lead in the 17th minute when Tom Samson (Waterville, Maine) connected with Dalton Moore (Hollis Center, Maine) for Moore’s first goal of the season.
Moore added to the Mariners’ lead with his second goal and the season in the 34th minute. Colby Clarke (Ellsworth, Maine) tallied his first career goal just seconds later and Liam Welch (Temple, Maine) added his third goal of the season to send the Mariners into halftime with a 5-0 lead.
Gerald Aquino (Montville, Conn.) opened up the scoring in the second half with his second goal of the season in the 58th minute and Samson added a goal of his own in the 72nd minute to make it 7-0. Ben Huston (Hampden, Maine) played a ball ahead for teammate Jesse Pelletier (Mexico, Maine) for his first career goal, to close out the game's scoring.
Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) tallied four saves to earn the shutout in net for the Mariners, while Griffin Shelor stopped eight shots in the loss for Green Mountain.
With the win the Mariners conclude the regular season at 4-9-3 overall and 3-4-2 in the NAC and will enter the NAC Tournament as the sixth seeded team. The Mariners will travel to No. 3 Thomas College on Sunday, October 29.
Castleton earned the No. 1 seed for the 2017 NAC Men's Soccer Championship, which begins with quarterfinal matchups on campus sites Sunday, October 29.
The Spartans (10-6-2 overall) claimed the top seed in the conference tournament after posting an unbeaten 8-0-1 record in NAC play and will earn a bye in Sunday's quarterfinal round. Second-seeded Colby-Sawyer (10-5 overall, 8-1 NAC) will also earn a bye in the quarterfinals.
Thomas (8-8-1, 6-2-1) claimed the No. 3 seed, while New England College (9-6-2, 6-2-1), Husson (8-7, 5-4) and Maine Maritime (4-9-3, 3-4-2) earned the No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 seeds respectively to complete the six-team tournament field.
NAC predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages.
Two quarterfinal contests will be played on Sunday, as No. 3 Thomas will host No. 6 Maine Maritime and No. 5 Husson will travel to No. 4 NEC. Both games times are to be determined.
Quarterfinal winners will advance to the semifinal round which will be played on Wednesday, November 1. Top-seeded Castleton will host the winner of the NEC/Husson quarterfinal, while No. 2 Colby-Sawyer will host the winner of the Thomas/Maine Maritime quarterfinal.
Semifinal winners will square off for the conference championship on Saturday, November 4, at a time to be determined at the site of the higher seed.
The NAC Champion will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
2017 NAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change
Quarterfinals • Sunday, October 29
No. 6 Maine Maritime (4-9-3, 3-4-2) at No. 3 Thomas (8-8-1, 6-2-1) - TBA
No. 5 Husson (8-7, 5-4) at No. 4 New England College (9-6-2, 6-2-1) - TBA
Semifinals • Wednesday, November 1
4/5 winner at No. 1 Castleton (10-6-2, 8-0-1) - TBA
3/6 winner at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer (10-5, 8-1) - TBA
Championship • Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBA