NAC Semifinal: No. 6 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer College

NAC Semifinal: No. 6 Maine Maritime Academy at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer College

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Wednesday's Game: No. 6 Maine Maritime Academy (5-9-3) at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer College (10-6), 2:00 p.m., Kelsey Soccer Field, New London, New Hampshire. 

Series History: The Chargers hold a narrow 5-4-1 advantage over the Mariners in a rivalry that began in 1990.

Last Meeting: The Mariners fell to the Chargers 4-1 on Homecoming on September 16 at Ritchie Field.

The Mariners struck early in the game in the 10th minute when Ike Doiron (Wilton, Maine) scored his second goal of the season. 

Maine Maritime hung onto that 1-0 lead until the second half, when Eddie Garcia scored back-to-back goals for the Chargers in less than five minutes.

Denali Sexton added a penalty kick goal in the 72nd minute to make it 3-1 and Jake Sykes added another goal in the 76th minute to secure the victory for Colby-Sawyer.

Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) tallied two saves in the loss for the Mariners, and Sean Babinski and Shane Sacks combined to make four stops for the Chargers.

Last Playoff Meeting: Maine Maritime and Colby-Sawyer battled scoreless for 110 minutes before the Chargers prevailed in the shootout, 4-3, in a North Atlantic Conference semifinal match on November 6, 2013.

Kyle Haslam started the shootout for Maine Maritime with a shot to the right, Alex Ortega followed for Colby-Sawyer with a shot over the cross bar and Evan Turmenne missed to the left. Rick Prindiville gave the Chargers a 1-0 lead with a shot to the left corner and Nicholas George evened the shootout with a goal to the top right. 

Zach Anderson's shot found the back of the net to give Colby-Sawyer a 2-1 lead before Bryan Soucy tied it with a goal to the right side. Carlton Wheeler-Omiunu put the Chargers ahead with a shot to the right side and Matt Leblanc evened it again with a goal to the left.

Andrew Clothier sealed the win for Colby-Sawyer on the final penalty kick when he netted a shot to the left side.

The Mariners opened the second overtime with three shots in three minutes but none were on goal. Anderson was stopped by Jesse Perkins in the 104th minute before Nick Austin got piece of Jonathan Reeks' shot in the 109th minute.

Haslam was stopped in the 92nd minute by Austin before he sent a ball towards the net in the 93rd minute that George headed just above the crossbar.

Both teams missed scoring chances by inches in the first half. George sent a header just above the bar in the 17th minute before Wheeler-Omiunu fired a shot that hit the front of the far left post. 

Maine Maritime held a slight 18-15 shot advantage and 5-3 on corner kicks. Perkins finished with five saves and Austin recorded seven. 

Maine Maritime Academy This Season: The Mariners opened up their 2017 campaign with a 2-0 victory of the University of New England on September 1, but fell in the next three meetings until battling to a draw with Thomas. Maine Maritime ended the season 2-2-1 to clinch the No. 6 seed in the NAC Tournament. On Saturday, the Mariners upset the third-seeded Thomas College Terriers 2-1, with two late-game goals to advance to the NAC Semifinals.

On the road, the Mariners are 3-5-1 this season. 

Colby-Sawyer College This Season: The Chargers opened up their 2017 campaign with four-straight losses, but bounced back two win four-straight. The team went a perfect 5-0 in the final five conference games of the regular season to claim the second seed and a first-round bye in the NAC Tournament.

The Chargers are 6-1 when playing at home.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime scored 28 goals in 17 games this season, averaging 1.65 goals per game. The team averages 13.6 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score 2.01 goals per game. During the regular season, the Mariners tallied three shutouts, including two against conference opponents.

Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) leads the Mariners with seven goals this season, while teammate Colby Clarke (Ellsworth, Maine) leads the team with six assists each. Both Caron and Ike Doiron lead the team with two game-winning goals.

The Chargers: Colby-Sawyer College scored 40 goals in 16 games this season, averaging 2.50 goals per game. The team averages 15.9 shots per game, and are allowing opponents to score 1.38 goals per game. During the regular season the Chargers recorded five shutouts, including four against conference opponents.

Denali Sexton leads the Chargers with 11 goals, 11 assists and five game-winning goals. 

Scoring Threat: Among active players, Ike Doiron is the only Maine Maritime player to net goals in his career against the Chargers.

Denali Sexton and Eddie Garcia have scored three times against the Mariners in their careers, while Noah Camelo and Jake Sykes have each scored one goal against Maine Maritime.

2017 NAC MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
All start times and dates are subject to change

Quarterfinals • Sunday, October 29
No. 6 Maine Maritime 2, No. 3 Thomas 1 - Boxscore
No. 4 New England College 1, No. 5 Husson 0 - Boxscore

Semifinals • Wednesday, November 1
No. 4 New England College at No. 1 Castleton - 6:00 p.m.
No. 6 Maine Maritime at No. 2 Colby-Sawyer - TBA

Championship • Saturday, November 4
Semifinal Winners (at higher seed) - TBA

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