WATERVILLE, Maine – Benjamin Russell (Farmington, Maine) scored the golden goal as Maine Maritime Academy defeated Thomas College 1-0 in double-overtime of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Quarterfinals. Russell's goal avenged a 4-1 loss to the Terriers (10-7) last week and propelled the Mariners (9-4-3) into the NAC Semifinals where they will face Husson.
An obstruction call gave the Mariners a free kick just outside the box late in the 107th minute. Nick El-Hajj (Winterport, Maine) received the free kick and then passed the ball to Russell who sent the ball into the back of the net clinching the win for the Mariners.
William Trace Lacour (Charlottesville, Va.) recorded six saves in earning his 10th shutout of the season and third shutout in a row. Lacour has kept his net empty for the last 311:06 of soccer going back to when Thomas punched in during the 87th minute of the 4-1 loss on October 19.
His counterpart Mikkail Crockwell recorded nine saves for the Terriers in the loss. His team outshot MMA 30-23, but the Mariners held a 4-2 advantage in the extra time.
Both teams were able to fire off two shots in the first overtime. In the 91st minute, Russell almost clinched the game for the Mariners, Crockwell made a spectacular save to keep the game scoreless. Six minutes later the Terriers almost ended it when freshman Khamisi Lightbourne slipped a shot that was just inches away from hitting net.
Maine Maritime returns to action on November 2nd at Husson. Game time is to be announced.
Maine Maritime (9-4-3) vs. Thomas (10-7)
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
Maine Maritime...... 0 0 0 1 - 1
Thomas.............. 0 0 0 0 - 0
1. 107:46 MMA Benjamin Russell (Nick El-Hajj)
Shots: Maine Maritime 23, Thomas 30
Saves: Maine Maritime 6 (William Lacour 6), Thomas 9 (Mikkail Crockwell 9)