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WATERVILLE, Maine – Freshman Joseph Kalilwa (Lewiston, Maine) converted a penalty kick in the 75th to break a scoreless draw as the University of Southern Maine Huskies defeated the Thomas College Terriers 1-0 in a non-conference men's soccer game Wednesday night at Smith Field.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 5-5-1. Thomas College suffering its second consecutive loss is now 5-5-1. The win is the first for the Huskies over Thomas since 2009 when Southern Maine defeated the Terriers 5-0 at home.
With Thomas outshooting the Terriers 8-5 in the first half, Southern Maine goalkeeper freshman Richard Glemawu was outstanding coming up with a pair of diving first half saves to keep the score at 0-0 after 45 minutes. USM junior Sergio Martin-Acuna nearly had the first goal of the game in the 42nd minute, missing just right of the post.
In the second half, the Terriers had a solid chance in the 63rd minute as Josh Emard's (Lebanon, Maine) strike on goal was thwarted again by a diving Glemawu. A minute later, USM freshman Ben Musese (Auburn, Maine/Lewiston) had a solid chance on frame, but Thomas goalkeeper John Villanueva (Gray, Maine) came up big with the stop. With the game stuck in a scoreless battle, USM's Kalilwa was able to be the difference maker pushing his penalty kick past Villanueva to the right side for the eventual game-winner. Thomas continued to pressure for an equalizer, but Glemawu continued to turn in an outstanding performance to keep the sheet clean.
Villanueva took the loss for the Terriers, relieving Jonathan Dutka (Durham, N.H.) at the half. Glemawu made 11 saves in the shutout victory for the Huskies.
Southern Maine remains on the road for its next contest and will face UMass Boston on Saturday (1:00 p.m.). Thomas College hosts Castleton on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) in a North Atlantic Conference game.