Backus and Caron Launch Mariners to Victory Against Thomas; Clinch Top Seed in NAC Tournament

Backus and Caron Launch Mariners to Victory Against Thomas; Clinch Top Seed in NAC Tournament

CASTINE, Maine – Evan Backus (Farmington, Maine) headed in the game-winning goal in the 56th minute to lead Maine Maritime Academy men's soccer to a 2-1 victory over Thomas College on Tuesday night in North Atlantic Conference (NAC) action on Ritchie Field.

With the victory the Mariners improve to 8-6-1 overall and 6-1 in the NAC, to claim the top seed and hosting rights in the upcoming NAC Tournament. The Terriers drop to 12-4-1 on the season and 5-5-1- in the conference, to claim the second seed and a first round bye in the NAC Tournament.

Matthew Caron (Scarborough, Maine) tallied his eighth goal of the season in the 25th minute to put the Mariners up 1-0, when he redirected a play ahead by Liam Welch (Temple, Maine).

The Terriers tallied the equalizer in the 32nd minute on the foot of Adam LaBrie and the two teams entered halftime deadlocked at 1-1.

Backus found the back of the net in the 56th minute, when he headed in his fourth goal of the season, on a long throw in from Caron.

Joshua Reeks (Bedford, N.H.) tallied six saves in the victory for Maine Maritime, while Jonathan Dutka stopped three shots in the loss for Thomas.

The Terriers held a 19-16 edge in shots and a 8-4 advantage in corner kicks.

2018 Men's Soccer Championship Tournament

All dates and times are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

Quarterfinals - Saturday, Oct. 27 or Sun Oct. 28

No 3. Husson vs. No. 6 UMaine-Farmington  - TBA

No. 4 NVU-Johnson vs. No. 5 SUNY-Canton - TBA

Semifinals - Saturday, Nov. 3 (at No. 1 seed Maine Maritime)

Winner of Husson/UMaine-Farmington vs. No. 2 Thomas - TBA

Winner of NVU-Johnson/SUNY Canton vs. No. 1 Maine Maritime - TBA

Championship - Sunday, Nov. 4

Semifinal winners - TBA

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