PAXTON, Mass. – Norwich University men's soccer benefitted from an early goal that would stand as the game winner en route to a 2-0 victory over Anna Maria College in Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) action on Saturday afternoon at AMCAT Field.
Norwich (6-2-1, 2-1-1 GNAC) struck first at the 6:41 mark after a throw-in near the midway mark of the field. Dashiell Vermilya (Montpelier, Vt.) collected the throw and sent a pass across the field to a running Joseph Thongsythavong (Salem, Mass.). He corralled the pass and tapped the ball back to Josue Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif.) who lofted the ball just out of the reach of AMCATS keeper, Jeffre Donahue (Rockland, Mass.), for his third goal of the season giving the Cadets a quick 1-0 lead.
Anna Maria (4-7-0, 1-1-0 GNAC) almost had a chance for the equalizer toward the end of the first half. At 39:22, Hezekiah Adeyeye (Woonsocket, R.I.) had a corner kick and found a wide-open Isaiah Battle (Glendale, Ariz.) near the 20-yard marker who proceeded to send a shot over the Norwich goal and goalie Robert Wagenseller (Poway, Calif.). A couple of minutes later at 41:14, the 'Cats had a free kick after a Norwich foul and Adeyeye took the kick but it curved just right of the Cadets' goal.
Into the second half, both sides continued to battle, but Norwich added on an insurance goal at the 72:53 mark. On a set piece, the Cadets' Alex Brannan (Oneonta, N.Y.) curved a shot on net, but Donahue deflected the shot away. However, Amerle Nemeye (Burlington, Vt.) found the rebound and put the ball in the net for his third marker on the year giving Norwich some insurance and a 2-0 lead.
Wagenseller earned his third shutout of the season without having to make a save for the Cadets. Donahue made a season-high 13 saves in net while suffering the loss for the AMCATS.
Norwich controlled the tempo of the game and held a distinct advantage in time of possession while registering 37 shots to just two for the AMCATS. The Cadets also held a 10-3 edge in corner kicks.
Norwich will turn around and get ready for its lone Sunday game of the year as the team continues its Massachusetts road swing with a visit to Elms tomorrow at 1 p.m.