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Liburd named TSC Offensive Player of the Week

September 30, 2013

Senior Forward Rowan Liburd was named The Sun Conference Offensive Player of the Week (September 23-29) by the league office on Monday afternoon.

TU Men’s Soccer had a 2-0 record this week beating conference opponents Ave Maria University 5-2 and Southeastern University 4-0.  The senior from Croydon, England totaled 4 goals and 2 assists (2 goals and one assist in each) in two Sun Conference victories this weekend. He now leads TU in goals scored (8) and total points (18).

Thomas will next travel to Webber International University on Friday October 4 at 4:30 pm, looking for their third win in TSC action.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Thomas University Men’s Soccer Wins Fourth in a Row

September 28, 2013

Thomas University Men’s Soccer (6-3) won their fourth in a row, blanking Southeastern University (4-3), 4-0, this afternoon at the TU Soccer Complex.

The Night Hawks, now 2-0 in Sun Conference play, were led by senior forward Rowan Liburd’s two goals and one assist. Sophomore forwards Jarrod Ingram and Eric Persson each added a goal. TU tallied nineteen shots, nine on goal, while the defense held Southeastern to only five shots and no shots on goal, while collecting their third shutout of the year.

TU will next travel to Webber International University on Friday October 4 at 4:30 pm, looking for their third win in TSC action.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Night Hawk Soccer Opens TSC Play With Victory

September 26, 2013

The Night Hawks men’s soccer team (5-3, 1-0) opened Sun Conference play with a convincing 5-2 victory over the visiting Ave Maria University Gyrenes (1-6, 0-1) on Thursday afternoon at the Thomas University soccer complex.

Sophomore forward Jarrod Ingram opened the scoring for TU with a goal in the tenth minute of the first half. Thomas dominated ball possession in the first half but was unable to stretch out the score missing many opportunities throughout the opening 45 minutes of play. TU opened up the game early in the second with a goal by senior forward Rowan Liburd only 2:44 into the half. Sophomore Eric Persson knocked home a header off a corner kick to make it 3-0 and Liburd knocked in his second of the day after AMU converted a rare opportunity in the defensive half of the Night Hawks. TU increased their lead to 5-1 on a goal by freshman Severin Abt but Ave Maria responded by converting a penalty kick to make it a three goal game. Senior defender Steven Conway collected four assists in the game. The Night Hawks closed out their first TSC win of the season in a dominant fashion and finished the game with a 20-3 advantage in shots on goal.

TU will next welcome Southeastern University in their second TSC match this coming Saturday at 4PM.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

TU Men's & Women's Soccer Receive NAIA National Recognition  

September 17, 2013

TU Men's & Women's Soccer received National Recognition this afternoon in the NAIA Top 25 Poll with Men's Soccer being ranked at #25 and women's soccer receving votes. The accomplishmnent marks the first time since 2004 that both programs received national recognition during the same week.

Men's soccer received votes in the pre season poll but did not receive any in the first poll of year, which was released last week. The Night Hawks are 4-3 and have gone 2-2 against teams in the top 25, knocking off then #21 Southern Wesleyan University last Friday and then #5 Auburn University - Montgomery. In 2012, men's soccer spent seven weeks in the top 25, peaking at #14.

Women's soccer received four votes in the poll after knocking off then #23 Brenau University this past Sunday, their second win against a nationally ranked opponent this season. Earlier this season the Lady Night Hawks toppled then #7 University of Mobile. The four votes for women's soccer is their first mention in the poll since 2004 when they finished the season ranked in the top 25.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Joe McDowell TSC Defensive Player of the Week

September 16, 2013

In a two game week Joe McDowell a senior defender earned the honor of defensive player of the week (September 9-15) for The Sun Conference.

McDowell helped to anchor a TU defense that allowed only one goal in two games, posting their second shutout of the season. The senior helped contain an extremely talented NAIA #21 Southern Wesleyan University, helping lead the Night Hawks to a 2-1 victory.

Thomas will be back in action Thursday September 26 at 4:30PM, when they host Ave Maria University in their Sun Conference opener.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Men’s Soccer Blows past Faulkner University

September 15, 2013

The TU’s Men Soccer team (4-3) blew past Faulkner University (1-4-1) with a 6-0 trouncing in game four of the Sun Conference vs. Southern States Athletic Conference Challenge this afternoon at the TU Soccer Complex.

Senior forward Rowan Liburd opened the scoring in the 15th minute of the game, on an assist from freshman midfielder Antoine Akoure, and TU never looked back.  Senior defender Steven Conway, senior defender Joe McDowell, junior midfielder Diego Hurtado, freshman forward Severin Abt and freshman forward Andres Payne each had a goal. Freshman midfielder Jake Slocombe and senior midfielder Danny Zevallos each had two assists.

Thomas will be back in action Thursday September 26 at 4:30PM, when they host Ave Maria University in their Sun Conference opener.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Talladega Comeback Spoils TU Home Opener

September 7, 2013

Talladega College (2-2) scored three goals in the games final 20 minutes to overcome a 3-1 deficit and defeat TU Men's Soccer (2-3), 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in the Night Hawks home opener.

TU opened the scoring in the first half, taking a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute on a goal by sophomore forward Jarrod Ingram and assist by sophomore forward Eric Persson. Sophomore midfielder Lyle Gifford made it a two goal advantage five minutes into the second half when he knocked home a pass from Ingram. TC got back into the game with a goal five minutes later and freshman midfielder Antoine Akoure gave the Night Hawks a 3-1 lead in the 69th minute. Then things got interesting, as Talladega stormed back and capitalized on Night Hawk mistakes by scoring two goals to tie and knocking home the eventual game winner with under four minutes to play.

The Night Hawks will remain at home, opening play in the 2nd Annual Southern States vs Sun Conference Challenge. TU will face NAIA #21 Southern Wesleyan University on Friday September 13 at 4:30PM in game one of the challenge. Southeastern University will face Faulkner University in game two on Friday at 7PM.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc 

 

NAIA #2 Mobile Holds On to Edge Night Hawks

September 2, 2013

The NAIA #2 University of Mobile Rams (2-0) held on to edge the Night Hawks (2-2), 2-1, on Monday afternoon in Mobile, Al.

Mobile opened the scoring in the tenth minute of the game when they knocked home a ball that the TU defense was unable to clear inside their own 18 yard box. Thomas wasted a scoring opportunity minutes earlier, when the Rams goalkeeper snuffed a 1v1 attack inside their own 18 yard box that would have given TU the early advantage. Mobile made it a two goal game just six minutes later when they found the far post side netting on a bending strike from the top left corner of the Night Hawks eighteen yard box. Senior forward Rowan Liburd made it a one goal game in the 30th minute when fellow forward, sophomore Jarrod Ingram, broke thru behind the Mobile defense and slotted him the ball to the far post of the goal for the easy tap in. TU took the one goal deficit into the second half and continued to slowly take over the large majority of play. The Night Hawks continued their relentless attack on the Mobile goal throughout the games final 45 minutes but were unable to capitalize and tie the game. TU battled till the final whistle and even with less than two minutes to play saw opportunities slip away.

Kickoff was delayed approximately 30 minutes because of lightning in the area. In the games tenth minute, the teams were once again pulled off the field because of Lightning, a delay that lasted nearly an hour. TU will now shift their focus to their home opener on Saturday September 7th when they welcome Talladega College to the Thomas University Soccer Complex.

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc .

 

TU Runs Over Spring Hill

August 31, 2013

TU (2-1) ran over Spring Hill College (2-1), in a 6-1 rout this afternoon in Mobile, Al.

The Night Hawks dominated play from the first whistle but had multiple scoring opportunities turned away by the SHC goalkeeper. Senior Rowan Liburd finally broke through in the 25th minute of play when he found the bottom corner of the net from 22 yards out to give TU a lead they would not relinquish. An own goal by Spring Hill, seven minutes later, gave the Night Hawks a two goal advantage and freshman Severin Abt made it three, when he broke free behind the Spring Hill backline, finishing a 1v1 opportunity on a long pass from senior defender Joe McDowell with 46 seconds left in the first half.

Sophomore Eric Persson put the game away in the 51st minute with a goal off an assist from Abt. Freshman Antoine Akoure made it 5-0 on an assist from sophomore Jarrod Ingram and Abt rounded out the scoring with his second goal of the afternoon on another assist from Ingram. Sloppy play led to Spring Hill’s only goal with less than four minutes remaining in the game.

The road trip continues for the Night Hawks with a Monday afternoon match up against NAIA #2 and 2012 National Runner up University of Mobile. Kickoff is set for 4PM EST. After knocking off NAIA #5 Auburn University – Montgomery last week, TU will be looking for their second win of the season over a top five opponent.

Monday's game can be seen via Internet Video Stream by CLICKING HERE

The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Follow Men's Soccer Via Internet and Social Media During Road Trip to Mobile, AL

August 30, 2013

Follow Men's Soccer all weekend long via internet and social media during road trip to Mobile, AL to face Spring Hill College and NAIA #2 University of Mobile.

Tomorrow's against Spring Hill College at 6PM EST can be followed via Live Stats by CLICKING HERE

Monday's game at 4PM EST against 2012 NAIA National Runner Up University of Mobile can be seen via Internet Video Stream by CLICKING HERE

 The Night Hawks can be followed all season long via TWITTER @NightHawksMSocc

 

Thomas Men’s Soccer Knocks Off NAIA #5 AUM

August 24, 2013

Thomas University men’s soccer (1-1) used a first half goal to knock off the NAIA #5 Auburn University – Montgomery War Hawks (1-1), 1-0, Saturday afternoon in Lawrenceville, GA.

TU showed from the start of the game that they were prepared to play a better first half than their season opener, applying pressure on AUM’s backline and creating some dangerous opportunities that they were unable to capitalize on. Auburn – Montgomery showed why they rank among the nation’s top teams, withholding the TU surge and seizing control of the game for a fifteen minute span in the middle of the first. Night Hawk sophomore forward Eric Persson helped TU regain control of the game by breaking thru the AUM backline on a thru ball by freshman midfielder Antoine Akoure and chipping a bouncing ball over the head of the oncoming War Hawks goalkeeper for the eventual game winning goal. The second half saw both teams squander further scoring opportunities in a physical final 45 minutes that featured four yellow cards to go along with six in the first half. Senior goalkeeper Andi Hoffer and senior defender Joe McDowell anchored a Night Hawks defense that posted its first shutout of the season.

The victory marks the second year in a row that TU knocks off an NAIA Top Ten ranked team from the Southern States Athletic Conference after toppling then #9 University of Mobile in September of 2012. TU will continue on the road this coming Saturday August 31, when they face off against Spring Hill College at 6PM EST, to open a two game road trip in Mobile, AL. The Night Hawks will face finish off their four game early season road swing on Monday September 2 when they battle NAIA #2 University of Mobile.

 

Night Hawks Unable to Complete Comeback

August 24, 2013

The Night Hawks (0-1) were unable to complete a comeback on Friday evening, dropping their season opener 2-1 against Georgia Gwinnett College (1-0) in Lawrenceville, GA.

GGC struck twice in the first half, scoring their second goal with only seven seconds remaining in the half. After a back and forth early going Georgia Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 37th minute. TU charged strong and hard in the second, controlling the tempo for most of the half. Senior forward Rowan Liburd made it a one goal game in the 73rd minute but the Night Hawks were unable to find the game tying goal. The game was delayed with 21 seconds remaining in the second half when the lights shut down. After a 25 minute delay, TU had one last chance to equalize but GGC was able to clear the long service into the 18 yard box out of bounds to end the game.

TU must rebound quickly, facing NAIA #5 Auburn University – Montgomery on Saturday afternoon at 5PM to complete their season opening road trip to Northern Georgia.

 

TU Men’s Soccer Opens 2013 in Pursuit of First Ever Sun Conference Championship

August 22, 2013

TU Men’s soccer will open their season tomorrow evening in pursuit of a Sun Conference championship after falling in the TSC Quarter Finals in 2012. The Night Hawks will open their campaign at 7PM when they face Georgia Gwinnett College, the NAIA’s 2012 top first year program, in Lawrenceville, GA.

Thomas will continue their opening road trip to Lawrenceville on Saturday evening when they face NAIA #5 Auburn University – Montgomery.  TU will seek to move beyond a fourth place TSC regular season finish after posting a 7-3 record in regular season conference play, while going 12-6 overall. Men’s soccer was voted fourth (2 first place votes) in the TSC pre season coach’s poll.

The Night Hawks received votes in the pre-season NAIA national poll and will face their fair share of top ranked opponents. In 2013, TU will square off against six opponents that enter the season with national recognition, including four in the Top 25 (AUM, #2 University of Mobile, #21 Southern Wesleyan College & #24 St. Thomas University).

A senior class with three consecutive post season appearances on their resume leads TU into a season with high expectations. Senior captains-goalkeeper Andi Hoffer (Ingolstadt, Germany) and defender Steven Conway (Tralee, Ireland)-along with four year starters-forward Rowan Liburd (Croydon, England) and defender Joe McDowell (London, England)-are four of the six returning starters in a roster that returns sixteen players from last year’s squad. One of the top recruiting classes in the history of the program will look to fill the voids left by graduation. Four sophomore transfers will be counted on to impact the roster right from the start; midfielder Lyle Gifford (Bryan College), forward Jarrod Ingram (Florida Atlantic University), midfielder Joseph Lopez (Hillsborough Community College) and midfielder Patrick Ramdial (Florida International University). Three gifted freshman are also a part of this new talented class; forward Severin Abt (Schwaebisien, Germany), midfielder Antoine Akoure (Gabon, Africa) and goalkeeper Alex Condell (Athy, Ireland).

Tomorrow night’s game against GGC will be available via Internet Live Stream at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/ggc.portal# .

 

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