2011 FINAL RECORD : 12-7-0
2011 FINAL AII RANKING: #1
2011 FINAL NAIA NATIONAL RANKING: RV
Liburd Honored by NSCAA
February 5, 2012
Sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) NAIA All East Team.
The native of Croydon, England led the Night Hawks in goals (11), shots (57) and total points (24) during the 2011 campaign. During his dominant second season in the TU midfield, Liburd had two game winning goals and helped men's soccer to a 12-7 mark and a spot in the Conference Championship Game. Liburd has collected a significant amount of honors this off season having also been selected First Team All Conference and an NAIA Honorable Mention All American.
Two Night Hawks Named to NSCAA Scholar All South Team
February 5, 2012
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named two Night Hawks to the Scholar All South Team.
Junior midfielder Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England) was named to the Second Team and Senior defender Nick Gilpin (Tallahassee, FL) was named as a Honorable Mention. The duo had also been recognized by the NAIA as Scholar Athletes back in December. To be nominated, a student athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games, be a significant contributor to the team and be a junior or above.
Liburd Named Honorable Mention All-American
December 9, 2011
Sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd was named a 2011 NAIA Honorable Mention All-American by the NAIA Men's Soccer All-America Selection Committee in recognition of his achievements for the Night Hawks this past season.
The native of Croydon, England led the Night Hawks in goals (11) and total points (24) and was named to the Men's Soccer A.I.I. All Conference Team back in November. Liburd finished second in the voting for Conference Player of the Year and was one of only two student athletes from the A.I.I. to be selected. The selection marks the first time since 2004 that a Night Hawk is named to the All America list. A total of 68 players were named to the First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention All-America Teams.
Two Men's Soccer Players Named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes
December 9, 2011
Two men's soccer players were named to the 2011 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete list. Senior Nick Gilpin (Tallahassee, FL) and junior team captain Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England) were recognized for their high academic standards as student athletes for the Night Hawks during this past season. Gilpin is a repeat selection having also been honored in 2010.
A total of 286 men's soccer players across the country were recognized and the two Night Hawks were part of only 8 from the Association of Independent Institutions to be named. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
For entire list click HERE.
Six Night Hawks Honored by A.I.I.
November 22, 2011
Six Night Hawks were honored by the Association of Independent Institutions, being named to the 2011 Men's Soccer All Conference Team.
Senior defender Matt Tanner (Land O'Lakes, FL), junior midfielder Luciano Lorca (Stockholm, Sweden), junior midfielder Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England) and sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd (Croydon, England) were all selected to the First Team. Lorca (2008), Would (2010) and Liburd (2010) are repeat selections on the All Conference list. Sophomore defenders Steven Conway (Tralee, Ireland) and Joe McDowell (London, England) were both named to the Second Team. The four First Team Selections and six overall are both All Time post season recognition highs for the men's soccer program. Liburd,who led the team in goals (11) and total points (24), finished second out of 26 players in overall votes just four five points shy of Conference Player of the Year honors. Would, led the team in assists (7) and was second in total points (19), finishing fourth in the conference voting. The three defenders (Conway, McDowell and Tanner) anchored a TU defense that notched six shutouts during the 2011 campaign. Lorca, missed nine games this season due to injury but managed to notch 2 goals and 2 assists in the ten games. The Night Hawks were 7-3 with Lorca on the field.
2011 A.I.I. Men's Soccer Conference Tournament
November 12, 2011
Men's Championship Game - 7:30PM
#3 Thomas University (1) vs. #1 California State University - San Marcos (3)
November 11, 2011
Men's Semi Final #1 - 2:30PM
#2 La Sierra University(1) vs. #3 Thomas University (2)
Men's Semi Final #2 - 7:30PM
#1 California State University - San Marcos (3) vs. #4 Marygrove College (0)
Dakstats - A.I.I. Men's Soccer Tournament Home Page CLICK HERE
CSUSM Tops Night Hawks for Conference Championship
November 12, 2011
The top seeded California State University - San Marcos Cougars (10-6-1) defeated the #3 Night Hawks (12-7), 3-1, to take home the 2011 A.I.I. Conference Championship and secure a spot in the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round.
Cal State took the early advantage with two first half goals off of dead ball situations and withstood an attacking barrage from TU the remainder of the half. Junior midfielder Nathan Would cut the deficit with an unassisted goal in the 42nd minute of the half. Thomas continued their push to equalize the match and came close on several occasions but were unable to find the back of the net. The Cougars out the game away in the 75th minute on a controversial goal when Would seemed to have been taken down and stripped of the ball inside the TU 18 yard box but no call was made. Cal State midfielder Scott Rice picked up the loose ball and struck the ball past a surprised Night Hawks keeper for his third goal of the match. Rice would go on to be named the 2011 Tournament MVP for his performance.
Five Night Hawks were named to the All Tournament Team in recognition of their performance in the semi final and championship matches. Would was joined by freshman Diego Ramos, sophomore Joe McDowell, junior Luciano Lorca and senior Matt Tanner on the team that honored the tournaments best eleven performers.
TU ends their season with their highest win total since 2003 and for the first time since 2003 will finish the season with votes in the NAIA National Poll.
TU Tops La Sierra, Advances to A.I.I. Tournament Final
November 11, 2011
TU (12-6) topped #2 seeded La Sierra University (11-6-1), 2-1, in the A.I.I. Tournament Semi Final on Friday afternoon at Remington Park.
Junior midfielder Luciano Lorca opened the scoring in the 30th minute of the match on an assist by senior forward Anthony Forde. The Night Hawks extended their lead when junior midfielder Nathan Would converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute to put TU up 2 to 0. La Sierra closed the gap with a goal in the 68th minute scored by Roman Santiago. However, the TU backline shut the door the rest of the way to secure the victory.
The Night Hawks advance to the A.I.I. Championship Game on Saturday evening at 7:45PM and will face the winner of semi final #2 between #1 seeded California State University - San Marcos and #4 Marygrove College. TU will be making the program's first ever appearance in a post season championship game and will be seeking it's first ever appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.
2011 A.I.I. Men's Soccer Tournament Hosted by Thomas University
November 2, 2011
Thomas University will host the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Men's Soccer Tournament November 11-12 at Remington Park.
TU (11-6) enters the tourney seeded #3 and will face #2 seed La Sierra University (11-5-1) in semi final #1 on Friday at 2:30PM. Top seeded California State University - San Marcos (8-6-1) will close out day one of the tournament, facing #4 Marygrove College (4-12-1) in semi final #2 at 7:30PM. The two winners from Friday's semi final matches will face off, with a spot in the 2011 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round on the line, in saturdays Championship game at 7:30PM. Men's soccer was eliminated, 3-2, in the quarter final round of the 2010 tournament by Cal State in golden goal overtime.
The Night Hawks have won eight of their last nine matches and enter the tournament riding a five game win streak, their longest since 2008. TU is making their second straight appearance in post season play and third in the last four years.
Gilpin Goal Tops SCAD, For Night Hawks Fifth Straight Win
November 1, 2011
A goal by senior defender Nick Gilpin with 17 minutes to play, helped TU (11-6) top SCAD - Savannah (6-7-2), 1-0, for the Night Hawks fifth straight win.
The game winner by Gilpin was his second consecutive after knocking home the lone goal in Saturday's match against Young Harris College. Sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer anchored a TU defense that recorded it's third straight shutout and sixth on the season. Men's Soccer has now won five in a row, their longest win streak since 2008, and eight of their last nine games. The eleven wins in the regular season marks the highest win mark since 2003.
TU will now set their sights on the 2011 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament to be hosted by TU November 11-12 at Remington Park.
Hoffer Shuts Down YHC on Senior Day
October 29, 2011
On Senior Day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex, it was sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer who shut down Young Harris College (10-6-1) and helped lead TU (10-6) to a 1-0 victory over the Mountain Lions.
Hoffer recorded seven saves in the shutout performance, two of which were from point blank range. The backline anchored by Hoffer and three seniors (Eddie Foy, Nick Gilpin and Matt Tanner) were the difference on the day as the TU attack failed to find a rhythm throughout the ninety minutes of play. YHC held the Night Hawks to only five shots, of which only two were on goal. Gilpin notched the goal that counted for TU in the 25th minute of the game, knocking the ball into the net after a YHC defender had blocked his initial attempt on goal after a corner kick service by sophomore Steven Conway.
Prior to kickoff the Men's Soccer honored their six seniors; Foy (Liverpool, England), Gilpin (Tallahassee, FL), Tanner (Land O'Lakes, FL), defender Bruno Corvers (Rotherham, England), forward Anthony Forde (Tampa, FL) and forward Niall McCourt (Margate, England). The players were escorted onto the field by their family and closest friends, than presented action photographs with a plaque in appreciation for their years of commitment and service to the University and to the program.
"We are extremely proud of this group of gentleman", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "These guys will leave here having participated in post season play, three of their four seasons with us. More importantly three out of the four carry above a 3.4 GPA and all will graduate. We wish these fine representatives of TU Soccer all their best in their future".
TU finishes their regular season home schedule with a 5-3 mark and now have won four games in a row and nine of their last eleven after starting the season 1-4. The four game win streak is the program's longest since winning five in a row in 2008. With the victory, Thomas finishes the season a perfect 5-0 record against NCAA D2 competition.
The Night Hawks wrap up their regular season on Tuesday November 1, when they travel to Savannah, GA to face SCAD- Savannah in a 7PM kickoff.
Third Win in a Row for TU
October 25, 2011
TU (9-6) won their third game in a row with a 3-0 defeat of Florida College (7-3) on Tuesday evening in Tampa, FL.
Freshman Jean Vega opened up the scoring for the Night Hawks with a goal in the 40th minute of the first half on an assist by junior Luciano Lorca. The combination struck again fifteen minutes into the second half, this time it was Lorca scoring on assist from Vega to extend the lead. Junior Gary Watkins put the game out of reach with a goal in the 86th minute on an assist by junior Gavin Cameron. Sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer and junior goalkeeper John Bartholomew combined for the shutout. The shutout was the fourth recorded by the TU defense this season. Thomas has now won six of their last seven games.
Men's soccer will next welcome Young Harris College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex on Saturday October 29th for a 1PM kickoff. Saturday will mark the final regular season home match for six Night Hawks; forward Anthony Forde, forward Niall McCourt, defender Bruno Corvers, defender Eddie Foy, defender Nick Gilpin and defender Matt Tanner. All six will be recognized for their contributions to the TU Soccer program in a pre game ceremony.
Night Hawks Knock Off NCAA D2 #25 West Florida
October 24, 2011
The Night Hawks (8-6) knocked off the NCAA D2 University of West Florida Argonauts (8-5-2), 3-1, on Monday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
UWF took the lead just 5:57 into the game with a one time strike from the top of the 18 yard box off a TU clearance of a corner kick. The Argonauts dominated the early going but the last 30 minutes of the game saw the Night Hawks raise the pressure and opportunities in the West Florida defensive third of the field. However, TU was turned back by the UWF goalkeeper three times. Thomas finally broke through with 46 seconds remaining in the half when junior forward Gary Watkins was fouled in the box and TU was awarded a penalty kick. Junior midfielder Nathan Would converted the kick to notch the game at one. Thirty three seconds later junior midfielder Luciano Lorca sprung a long through ball behind the UWF backline that found sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd running at the West Florida goalkeeper, Liburd placed the ball past the keeper and into the lower right side of the net to give the Night Hawks the lead. Up 2-1 at half, TU came out and controlled the early going of the half but was losing momentum as UWF raised their pressure. TU withheld the pressure with tight team defending and broke the Argonauts spirits when Would received a pass from Watkins and struck a ball from 20 yards out that found the back of the UWF net and gave the Night Hawks all the advantage necessary to win the game. The win marked the second come from behind victory in a row and gives TU a 4-0 record against NCAA D2 opponents this season. It was also only the second victory ever over West Florida, with UWF holding a 9-2-1 head to head advantage.
TU will look for their second three game winning streak of the year tomorrow when they travel to Tampa, FL to face Florida College. Kickoff is scheduled for 5PM.
Schedule Changes for Men's Soccer
October 21, 2011
The postponement of Tuesday's match against Florida College in Tampa, FL has forced two changes to the Men's Soccer schedule.
TU has moved their match, originally scheduled for October 25th, against NCAA D2 #25 University of West Florida to Monday October 24th. Kickoff remains at 4PM. As part of the schedule changes the Night Hawks will now travel to Tampa, FL on Tuesday the 25th for a 5PM kickoff.
Florida College Match Postponed
October 18, 2011
Tonight's men's soccer match against Florida College in Tampa, FL was postponed due to the threat of severe rain and thunderstorms in the area. The teams are working on a possible reschedule date.
TU is next scheduled to play NCAA D2 #25 University of West Florida on Tuesday Oct 25 at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 4PM.
Vega Goal Completes Comeback Victory Over Tampa
October 14, 2011
A goal by freshman Jean Vega with 3:58 to play, completed a 4-3 come from behind victory for the Night Hawks (7-6) over NCAA D2 University of Tampa (2-7-2) on Friday afternoon in Tampa, FL.
TU scored four goals in the final 10:21 of the game after being down 3-0. Tampa opened the scoring at the 42:10 mark of the first half and took the 1-0 lead into the half of a back and forth affair. The teams combined for four shots on goal in the half and a total of seven shots on the goal. UT extended their lead 1:43 into the second and seemingly iced the game at the 72:41 mark of the game. That is when the excitement began. Senior Anthony Forde found the back of the net with 10:21 to play off a service by junior Gary Watkins to make it a two goal game. Less than two minutes later junior Nathan Would took advantage of a disorganized Tampa defense and restarted a free kick on a short pass to sophomore Rowan Liburd who beat the Tampa keeper one on one to make it a one goal game. Down by one TU continued to apply pressure on the UT defense until Vega broke thru for his first goal of the night on a pass from sophomore Steven Conway with 4:26 to play. Vega completed the come back with his second goal less than a minute later when he beat the Tampa backline and broke thru one on one with UT keeper and beat him to his left side. TU held on the final 3:58 of the game to seal the victory.
"The guys showed incredible heart tonight", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "They showed belief in each other and defeated a team that was riding a three game unbeaten streak".
Men's Soccer will look for their second win in a row on Tuesday October 18 when they return to Tampa, FL to face Florida College in a 6:30PM kickoff.
Rain Postpones Men's Soccer Match at SCAD
October 11, 2011
Rain over the last 24 hours and continued rainfall over the next 24 hours has caused the Men's Soccer match against SCAD Savannah on Tuesday evening in Savannah, GA to be postponed.
The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday November 1 at 7PM in Savannah. TU will next travel to Tampa, FL on Friday October 14 to face NCAA D2 University of Tampa in a 4:30PM kickoff.
2OT Goal Ends TU Win Streak
October 3, 2011
A goal by Warner University (5-5) with three minutes to play in the second golden goal overtime sunk TU (6-6), 1-0, and ended their three game win streak on Monday evening in Lake Wales, FL.
TU wasted many opportunities during the 117 minutes of action to win the game including two inside the 18 yard box in overtime that would have won the game for the Night Hawks. The Warner University goalkeeper kept the Royals in the game all night recording 8 saves on the way to the shutout.
"This is an extremely disappointing loss, one that will come back to haunt us when it comes to seeding for the A.I.I. Tournament", said Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We just did not put away the chances we created. Our backline did a great job and needed our offense to help out with one goal to secure the victory".
The Night Hawks will look to rebound on Tuesday October 11 when they return to action after a eight day break. TU will travel to SCAD Savannah for a 6PM kickoff.
Men's Soccer Scores Early and Holds on for Third Straight Win
October 1, 2011
Men's soccer (6-5) scored two early first half goals and held off a fiery Southeastern University Fire (3-6), 2-0, on Saturday evening in Lakeland, FL for their third straight win.
Sophomore Rowan Liburd struck in the 20th minute of the game when junior Gary Watkins passed a ball to the top of the 18 yard box for the strike by Liburd to give the Night Hawks the early advantage. Two minutes later Liburd struck again, this time receiving a short free kick pass from junior Nathan Would and beating the Fire keeper on a long distance strike from 35 yards out. Liburd now has a team leading nine goals on the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer recorded three saves, anchoring a TU defense that registered it's third shutout of the season. The Night Hawks have scored eleven goals in their last three games and only conceded one. With the victory, Thomas is now 4-2 this season against teams from the Sun Conference, where the Night Hawks will begin play in the 2012 season.
The Florida road trip continues for TU with a visit to Lake Wales, FL on Monday October 3 to face Warner University at 5:30PM.
Liburd's Two Goals Lifts Thomas over NCAA D2 GSW
September 28, 2011
Sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd scored two goals, lifting Thomas (5-5) to a 5-0 victory over the visiting NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University Hurricanes (2-5-1) on Wednesday evening at Remington Park as part of the YMCA College Soccer Game Night.
Liburd put the game away for TU with two second half goals after TU had taken a one goal advantage into the half. Freshman Jean Vega opened the scoring for the Night Hawks with a goal off an assist from fellow freshman Diego Hurtado at the 5:27 mark of the game. With the Night Hawks up by three, freshman Josh Heseltine made a four goal advantage when he struck a ball from 25 yards out that beat the Hurricanes keeper to the left side of his net. In the final seconds of the game freshman Jesse Bathelt dribbled past three GSW defenders and beat the keeper one on one for the game's final tally. Junior Nathan Would assisted on Liburd's first goal and Bathelt assisted on the third goal of the match. Sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer and junior goalkeeper John Bartholomew combined for the clean sheet in the TU net.
The Night Hawks will look to make it three in a row when they travel to Lakeland, FL on Saturday October 1 to face Southeastern University at 7:30PM. TU will continue their two game Florida road trip on Monday October 3 facing Warner University in Lake Wales, FL.
Night Hawks Tame Lions
September 23, 2011
The Thomas University Night Hawks (4-5) tamed the Florida Memorial University Lions (4-4), 4-1, on Friday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU used two first half goals by senior Anthony Forde and junior Nathan Would to take a 2-1 lead into the locker room. Freshman Jean Vega assisted Forde on the first goal and sophomore Rowan Liburd connected with Would at the 41:54 mark for the one goal advantage after Florida Memorial had tied the game just minutes earlier. The Night Hawks came out of the locker room determined to put the game away and added a third goal when Would assisted senior Nick Gilpin on a free kick service that Gilpin headed into the Lions net. Senior Niall McCourt sealed the game when he got on the back end of a long penetrated pass by sophomore Steven Conway, chipping the charging FMU keeper from 23 yards out. TU has now won 3 of their last four matches. Florida Memorial had won their last two in a row and three of their last four.
Men's soccer will look to even their record at .500 on Wednesday September 28 when they face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University in the YMCA Game Night at Remington Park. Kickoff is set for 7:30PM.
Shorter Tops TU
September 18, 2011
Shorter University (4-2) knocked off TU (3-5), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon in game three of the 2011 TU Invitational.
TU was unable to hold a one goal advantage with less than fifteen minutes to play, allowing two goals in the final thirteen minutes of the game. Shorter scored the game winner on a penalty kick with one minute left to play. Sophomore Rowan Liburd scored his fifth goal of the season on an assist by sophomore Steven Conway six minutes into the second half to tie the game at one. Freshman Jean Vega broke the tie with seventeen minutes left to play when he finished a cross from Matt Tanner for the Night Hawks one goal advantage. Thomas was unable to close out the game on a day when they dominated statistically in every category but were hurt by critical mistakes that Shorter was able to capitalize on.
The Night Hawks will look to start a new winning streak on Friday September 23 when they welcome future Sun Conference foe Florida Memorial University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 4:30PM kickoff.
Men's Soccer Knocks Off St. Thomas
September 16, 2011
Men's Soccer (3-4) knocked of the visiting St. Thomas University Bobcats (1-5), 2-1, on Friday afternoon in game one of the 6th Annual TU Invitational at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Freshman Adam Woollcott gave TU the lead in the nineteenth minute of the first half when he received a pass from fellow freshman Jean Vega and struck a one time shot from just inside the STU 18 yard box into the upper left corner of the Bobcats goal. Holding a one goal advantage Thomas missed opportunities in the first half and early second to extend their lead. In the seventeenth minute of the second half sophomore Rowan Liburd beat a Bobcat defender on the left side of the 18 yard box and slid a ball into a checking senior Niall McCourt who laid off a one time pass to freshman Diego Hurtado who struck the ball on his first touch passed the outstretched body of the STU keeper for the two goal lead. The teams would exchange possession of the ball down the stretch but TU was able to minimize the dangerous opportunities for St. Thomas with solid defending. However, in the 30th minute of the half the Bobcats got a goal back to set up an exciting last fifteen minutes of the game. The Night Hawks held off the STU offensive surge to secure their second victory in a row.
The TU Invitational continues tomorrow at 3PM with game two action when St. Thomas faces Shorter University at Remington Park. Thomas will be back in action on Sunday afternoon at 4:30PM when they face Shorter in game three of the invitational at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU Blanks Webber
September 11, 2011
TU Soccer (2-4) recorded their first shutout of the season, blanking the visiting Webber International University Warriors (0-3-1), 1-0, this afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
The Night Hawks took control of the game from the first whistle but similar to Saturday found themselves unable to capitalize their opportunities. In the 13th minute freshman Jean Vega changed that after receiving a combination pass from senior forward Anthony Forde he slotted the ball past the WIU keeper from inside of 12 yards for the one goal advantage. Webber slowly took control of the game dominating the midfield and dictating the tempo of play in the final fifteen minutes of the first half. TU had many opportunities in the first half to seize control of the game collecting nine shots in the first forty five minutes, however, only three of those were on goal. In the second half Thomas was able to hold off the charging Warriors to collect the shutout victory. Sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer and senior defender Matt Tanner anchored a very solid defensive effort by TU.
Prior to kickoff, Thomas University paid tribute to all who perished in the September 11 Terrorist attacks and all whom have lost their lives protecting our Freedom and Democracy. The pre game Remembrance Ceremony featured the Thomasville High School Air Force JROTC presenting the colors, a live rendition of the National Anthem by TU Softball player Anna Hall, a prayer for Peace and a moment of silent reflection. Webber and TU took the field for the pre game announcements led by their respective team captains carrying an American Flag. TU wore black arms bands in memory of all who have lost their lives due to terror attacks all over the world. At halftime TU President Dr. Gary Bonvillian continued the Remembrance with a very moving speech followed by a the singing of God Bless America performed by Thomasville resident Ms. Laura Reid.
Men's Soccer will be seeking their third win of the season on Friday September 16th when they open play in the 6th Annual TU Invitational. TU will face St. Thomas at 2PM. On Saturday, game two of the Invitational will feature St. Thomas and Shorter University at 3:30PM. Game three will feature TU and Shorter on Sunday at 4:30PM.
Faulkner Up Ends Night Hawks
September 10, 2011
The visiting Faulkner University Eagles (1-2) up ended the Night Hawks (1-4), 3-2, this afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
TU controlled the game from the first whistle, spending most of the first thirty minutes in Faulkner half of the field. Although they had possession of the ball, the scoreboard did not reflect the game due to the Night Hawks inability to capitalize their opportunities. TU managed seven shots in the first half but was only able to place one on frame. Faulkner used a break away opportunity to take the lead against the run of play with nine minutes left in the first half. Down one at the half, Thomas again stormed out of the locker room and dictated the flow of play but could not find the equalizer wasting golden opportunities. Faulkner stretched their lead in the 22nd minute of the second once again using a effective counter attack that the Night Hawks defended poorly and paid dearly falling behind by two. With eight minutes left to play, Sophomore Rowan Liburd finally got TU on the board with a deadly strike from 20 yards out to make it a one goal game but the Eagles struck back two minutes later on a defensive miscue by Thomas to once again extend their lead. Junior midfielder Nathan Would converted a penalty kick with three minutes to play but Faulkner shut the door on any chance of a TU game tying goal to secure the victory.
Looking to break a two game losing steak, the men will once again take the field tomorrow as they host future Sun Conference foe Webber International University in a 3:30PM kickoff. TU will honor all those who perished in the tragic events of September 11, 2001 with a pre game and halftime memorial ceremony.
Thomas Soccer unable to Complete Comeback against Martin Methodist
September 4, 2011
Thomas soccer (1-3) was unable to complete a comeback against Martin Methodist College (1-0), falling 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at a wet and soggy Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.
MMC scored a first half goal and extended their lead with a goal in the 30th minute of the second half. TU dominated the last twenty minutes of the first half and most of the second, producing seven corners to only one for Martin Methodist during the ninety minutes of play. The Night Hawks were unable to capitalize on a couple of opportunities in the first half and in the second once again let chances slip away. Sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd made it a one goal game with nine minutes to go in the game when he one timed a flank service from sophomore defender Stephen Conway past the Martin goalkeeper from just inside the six yard box. Thomas continued to push on for the final eight minutes of the game but could not create the opportunity to tie the game.
The Night Hawks will look to get back to .500 this coming weekend when they open up a five game home-stand by hosting Faulkner University on Saturday afternoon at 2PM. Followed by Webber International University on Sunday at 3:30PM.
TU gets in the Win Column
September 2, 2011
TU (1-2) got in the win column for the first time in the 2011 season with a 2-1 victory over the host NCAA D2 Christian Brothers University Friday evening in Memphis, TN.
Senior first year forward Anthony Forde knocked in the game winning goal at the 79:18 mark of the game, breaking a one all tie on an assist from junior midfielder Nathan Would. TU drew first blood at the 53:50 when sophomore midfielder Rowan Liburd tapped in a driven service by sophomore defender Stephen Conway at the edge of the six yard box, giving the Night Hawks the one goal advantage. Nine minutes later CBU equalized the game and it remained that way until Forde found the back of the net, putting TU up for good. The Night Hawks had six corner kicks in comparison to two for CBU, while accumulating eight shots on goal.
"This is a solid win tonight", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "It was disappointing that we had the lead and gave it away but the next opportunity we had with the lead, I felt we worked better to hold it".
Men's soccer will look to even their record on Sunday when they face Martin Methodist College at 3:30PM (EST) in Memphis, TN.
Late Goal Lifts ERU over Men's Soccer
August 28, 2011
A goal with less than two minutes left in the game lifted the host Embry Riddle University Eagles (1-0) to a 2-1 victory over men's soccer (0-2) on Sunday evening in Daytona Beach, FL.
Down 1-0, TU notched the game at one in the 64:36 mark of the game when junior Nathan Would found sophomore Rowan Liburd with a deep penetrated pass behind the Eagles backline, Liburd on his second touch chipped the oncoming ERU keeper to even the game. TU created many opportunities throughout the game firing ten shots, with the best one being a shot late in the first by Would that was deflected wide by a fully extended Eagles keeper. The two evenly matched teams exchanged possession of the ball and momentum of the game finishing even with three corner kicks a piece. However, it was ERU that capitalized on a loose ball in the box to knock home the eventual game winner in the 89th minute of the game.
"Their keeper had the save of the match when he rejected Nathan (Would)", said Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We did a good job in front of a very supportive home crowd of more than 600 people. With the scored tied at one, it was basically next goal wins. Today was a major step forward for us in the scope of our season and we need to gain momentum from this heading into our next match".
TU will look to break into the win column on Friday when they travel to Memphis, TN to face NCAA D2 Christian Brothers University in a 8PM Eastern Time kickoff.
Seahawks Clip Night Hawks in Season Opener
August 26, 2011
The Northwood University Seahawks (1-0-1) clipped the Thomas University Night Hawks (0-1), 4-2, on Friday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.
Northwood opened the scoring in the 16th minute of the first half after TU had continually maintained possession of the ball to open the game. The Seahawks held the narrow margin for the remainder of the half and extended their lead in the 14th minute of the second half with a long range shot. TU continued to seek the goal that would get them back in the game but NU was able to shut down the Night Hawks attack in the final third of the field. Seven minutes later Northwood struck again to make it a three goal but TU got on the board two minutes later when junior Nathan Would began a quick restart on a free kick and found freshman Luke Salmon wide open inside the eighteen yard box, Salmon slotted the ball past the Seahawks keeper in the lower left corner of the net to make it a two goal game once again. The Seahawks iced the game with their fourth goal in the 33rd minute of the second and freshman Raymorn Sturrup made it a two goal game once again with a goal in stoppage time off an assist from junior Gavin Cameron. The teams were even in shots on goal while TU held a 7-1 advantage on corner kicks.
TU will look to bounce back and get in the win column on Sunday evening when they travel to Daytona Beach, FL to face Embry Riddle University. Kick off is set for 6PM.
Men's Soccer to open 2011 Season at Home
August 25, 2011
Men's Soccer will open their 2011 Regular Season at home tomorrow afternoon at 4:30PM when they welcome the visiting Northwood University Seahawks who received votes in the NAIA Pre Season Top 25.
TU will be looking to win their third straight season opener after wins in their 2009 and 2010 season debuts. "Winning a third straight season opener would be great but at this point we want to look to further establish our attacking and defensive shapes", said Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "If we can establish our shape from the start and make sound decisions on the ball, I like our chances. We are at home and expect our players to be excited to open the season at home".
The men will conclude their opening weekend of play with a trip to Daytona Beach, FL to face Embry Riddle University who was also receiving votes in the Pre Season Top 25.
Night Hawks Open 2011 Pre Season Training Camp
August 8, 2011
The Thomas University Night Hawks men's soccer team opened up their Pre Season Training Camp in preparation of the 2011 regular season.
TU welcomed ten new players to go with their sixteen returning players from the 2010 team that went 9-6-3 and fell in golden goal overtime to California State University- San Marcos in the quarter finals of the 2010 A.I.I. Conference Tournament. Among the incoming players the Night Hawks have high expectations for a pair of forwards, fellow freshman Abiola Sanusi (Dublin, Ireland) and Adam Woollcott (Canterbury, England) will be counted on to bring some fire power to the TU front line. A trio of returning all conference performers will anchor the midfield, juniors Nathan Would (2010 Second Team) and Luciano Lorca (2008 All tournament Team) team up with sophomore Rowan Liburd (Croydon, England) to set the attacking and defensive tone for the Night Hawks. A backline that recorded eight shutouts last season, returns four out of five starters including Team Defensive MVP sophomore Steven Conway and sophomore goalkeeper Andi Hoffer. "We believe that this recruiting class has both filled some voids in our line up and created great depth on our roster", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "I am very confident that every player on this roster will play a major role in us reaching our goals for this season".
Men's soccer will once again feature one of the toughest schedules in the A.I.I., facing off against nine teams that competed in post season play during the 2010 season. In 2011, the Night Hawks will face five NCAA DII schools and eleven NAIA institutions, including eight schools from the Sun Conference where TU was formally accepted as a member institution beginning in August 2012. The Night Hawks face early road challenges when they travel to Daytona Beach, FL to face Embry Riddle University and to Memphis, TN to face Christian Brothers University and Martin Methodist College. In September, TU will welcome the 2010 Sun Conference Champions St. Thomas University Bobcats to the Wendy's Soccer Complex and late in the season the University of West Florida Argonauts will pay a visit. Thomas will also travel to Tampa, FL in October to face NCAA D2 Top 20 University of Tampa.
The season gets started on Friday August 26 at 4:30PM, when TU will welcome Northwood University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for the 2011 Regular Season and Home Opener.
The Sun Conference Announces the Addition of Thomas
July 6, 2011
(Courtesy of The Sun Conference Sports Information Office)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sun Conference has announced that Thomas (Ga.) has been approved for league membership. Located in Thomasville, Ga., Thomas will begin conference competition in 2012-13. The addition of Thomas will bring the number of schools in The Sun Conference to 12.
"On behalf of the 11 members of The Sun Conference, we are thrilled to welcome Thomas University to our conference,” incoming Sun Conference Commissioner Mark Pope stated. “This addition will allow us to develop a divisional format in several of our sponsored sports that should help to decrease travel costs and missed class time.
“I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the significant efforts by [former TSC Commissioner] Rob Miller in achieving this accomplishment. I appreciate all of Rob's hard work to find a great institution for us."
"Thomas University is proud to enter the Sun Conference,” Thomas President Dr. Gary Bonvillan said. “Our competitive teams have earned their place among some of the top contenders in NAIA. Transition from independent status to conference membership will also position Thomas for a much more favorable schedule of play for many years to come. Our student athletes and fans will benefit a great deal from this move."
Thomas was founded in 1950 and has an enrollment of 1,030. Thomas first began intercollegiate athletic competition in 1994 and has competed as an independent school in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for the last 16 years. The Night Hawks will field a team in six of the league’s 15 sports, including baseball softball, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s soccer. Thomas will add men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s cross country in the fall of 2012 and have plans to add men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball sometime thereafter.
As an independent, the Night Hawks have made one national tournament appearance each in women’s soccer (2003) and women’s golf (2010) and finished as the women’s golf Association of Independent Institutions champion in the spring of 2010 and was the AII women's soccer runner-up in the fall of that same year.
The softball program has also enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lady Night Hawks, who have made four national tournament appearances (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), capped off their 2004 campaign by winning the NAIA National Championship.
"We are excited about the prospect of joining the Sun conference,” Thomas Athletic Director Mike Lee commented. “As we searched for a Conference affiliation the Sun Conference seemed like the right fit for the future of our Athletic Department. It is a great conference with an outstanding reputation both on and off the field, we look forward to competing against the strong field of competitors that the conference has to offer."
Originally formed in March 1990 as the Florida Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (FIAC), The Sun Conference was established as a conference for small independent institutions within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Heading into its 22nd season of competition, The Sun Conference continues to be one of the most successful intercollegiate athletic conferences in the NAIA. The league sponsors championships in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and field and women’s volleyball.
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TU Adds Two Sports
June 13, 2011
Thomas University has added two sports for the Fall of 2011, the first stage in an expansion of the TU Athletic Department over the next three years.
Junior Varsity Baseball and Soccer will join the six existing sports in August, giving the Night Hawks eight total sports and approximately 160 student athletes in the Fall. Both teams will be playing a schedule of games, both at home and on the road, during the 2011-12 school year. Athletic Director Mike Lee will be adding a Full Time Coach to both the Baseball and Soccer Programs. Both coaches will serve on the respective coaching staff for Varsity and Junior Varsity but will be the designated Head Coach for Junior Varsity.
"This is a great time for the Night Hawks Athletic Department", said Lee. "It is step one in a process that will see our Department grow significantly. We do believe that we can go out and create opportunities for kids who may have had doors shut on them, at the same time we are confident that both Baseball and Men's Soccer will have the opportunity to develop players that can become contributing members of the Varsity down the road. More importantly we are giving more kids a chance at a great education."