STANDISH, Maine – For the third time in the last four seasons, the Norwich University men's soccer team saw its Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship dreams dashed at Saint Joseph's (Maine).
The Monks (16-1-3) continued to be Norwich's (14-4-1) kryptonite, downing the Cadets 3-2 in the GNAC Semifinal round to end NU's season and their bid for the fifth GNAC title in program history.
Norwich held one-goal leads twice, but Saint Joseph's (Maine) battled back each time to the game and then Noah Elmore scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal in the 78th minute with his third goal of the season.
Sophomore Amerle Nemeye (Burlington, Vt.) and freshman Joseph Thongsythavong (Salem, Mass.) each scored goals, but it wasn't enough as the Monks rallied each time to advance to their fourth straight GNAC Championship game appearance.
Nemeye opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a penalty kick goal after Saint Joseph's (Maine) was whistled for a hand ball in the box. The goal was Nemeye's 10th of the season.
Saint Joseph's (Maine) leveled the score in the 38th minute with Cody Elliott scoring on an assist from Kuma Onyejose to knot the score at 1-1.
Norwich regained the lead in the 60th minute with Thongsythavong scoring on a rebound off an initial shot from Nemeye for his 11th goal of the season.
Saint Joseph's (Maine) needed just over four minutes to tie the game back up with a penalty kick goal of its own from Jackson Taylor after NU was whistled for a hand ball in the box.
Elmore scored in the 78th minute, capitalizing on a Norwich defensive miscue to take the victory.
Norwich outshot Saint Joseph's (Maine) 10-8, which was the second time this season the Cadets outshot the Monks in Standish. The Cadets also accounted for three of the 10 goals scored against SJC this season.
Norwich reached the 10-win plateau for the 14th straight season and also advanced to the GNAC semifinal round for the 16th straight season, which are the longest streaks in the conference.
Wednesday's game marked the final games in the collegiate careers for Andrew Kalombo (Worcester, Mass.), Julius Davis (Peabody, Mass.), Julio Arreola (Chula Vista, Calif.), Josue Lopez (Chula Vista, Calif.), Dashiell Vermilya (Montpelier, Vt.) and Alex Arvizo (Albuquerque, N.M.)