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2010 FINAL RECORD: 9-6-3




TU Soccer Celebrates 2010 Season at Annual Awards Banquet

May 2, 2011

The TU men's soccer team celebrated their 2010 season at their annual awards banquet held Sunday afternoon at Mom and Dad's Italian Restaurant in Thomasville.

After a brief welcome and introduction of guests the event got started with a wonderful Italian meal. The first recognition of the afternoon came when Head Coach Ricky Zambrano presented sophomore Nathan Would and freshman Rowan Liburd with their Association of Independent Institutions second team certificates. Three Night Hawks then received their NAIA Scholar Athlete Certificates after being recognized by the NAIA for their Academic performance, seniors Marc Musto and Anthony Terrou were named to the list for the second time in their careers. Junior Nick Gilpin received the honor for the first time. Zambrano than presented the five men's soccer seniors with their jerseys and name plates. The first award of the afternoon went to freshman Danny Martinez who was voted by his teammates as the Most Improved Player. Assistant coach Jan Feldman then presented Would with the Scholar Athlete Award, an honor designated by the coaching staff to the team member that had outstanding contributions both on the field and in the classroom. Freshman Steven Conway was voted by his teammates as the Most Valuable Defensive Player for his contributions to a team defense that posted eight shutouts during the season. Senior Alex Fleming was then announced as the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player after his teammates recognized his offensive contributions this season. Fleming scored 8 goals and had 4 assists on the year. In the second to last award of the afternoon, Coach Zambrano presented Musto with what is considered the top award a player can receive, being awarded the John Rainey Excellence Award by the coaching staff as the men's soccer player who best demonstrates excellence on and off the field, representing the ideals of what is expected of a Night Hawk soccer player. To wrap up the awards show, team captains Fleming and Would were presented the Captain's Awards as recognition of their leadership of the men's soccer team for the 2010 season. Thomas University President Dr. Gary Bonvillian put an exclamation point on the banquet with his words of praise for the TU Soccer programs and the athletic department.

Men's soccer opens the 2011 season on Friday August 26th when they welcome Northwood University to the Wendy's Soccer Complex.


Men's and Women's Soccer Celebrate Annual Alumni Game

March 20, 2010

The Men's and Women's soccer teams celebrated their Annual Alumni Games yesterday at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

Over 30 alumni participated in the Annual event celebrating the memories and accomplishments of the past, present and the future. Both the men's and the women's game drew very spirited supporters and family members in a sunny 80 degree day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Alumni traveled from as far as Maryland and as near as Thomasville, GA. Many of the kids in attendance enjoyed their time in the bouncy house and all in attendance enjoyed the delicious chili dogs from the Billiard's Academy in downtown Thomasville. In the soccer action, both the Men's and Women's programs came away with victories but the Alumni gave outstanding efforts and both teams were rewarded by hitting the back of the net in each game.

"It was a beautiful day at the Wendy's Soccer Complex", said TU Director of Soccer Operations and Men's Soccer Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We thank University Advancement for all the work they put in to make this happen. This event is a staple on our calendar and we look forward to welcoming our growing Alumni base each and every year as they return home. The best part of the day is to watch our alumni return with their kids and to watch the enjoyment in their faces as they watch mom and dad on the field reliving their glory days".

Men's and women's soccer are in full swing with their spring work and will face a full slate of off season games in preparation for the Fall 2011 season.


Would and Liburd named to A.I.I. Second Team

November 17, 2010

Sophomore midfielder Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England) and freshman midfielder Rowan Liburd (Croydon, England) were named to the Association of Independent Institutions All Conference 2nd Team it was announced by the conference office this afternoon.

Would, who is also a team captain, finished the season tied for the team lead in assists (4) and finished third overall in total points (14). Four of his five goals were game winning goals. Liburd scored three goals and added an assist. His goal with nine minutes remaining In the conference quarter final match tied the game at two and sent the game into overtime. Both players will return to the Night Hawks central midfield for the 2011 season and will be counted on for another tremendous season.

The duo helped lead the Night Hawks to a 9-6-3 record this year and a spot at the Conference Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. TU, seeded #4, fell 3-2 in overtime to #5 California State University - San Marcos in the quarter final round.


#4 Night Hawks Upset in OT

November 10, 2010

The #4 Night Hawks (9-6-3) were upset 3-2 in golden goal overtime by the #5 seeded California State University - San Marcos Cougars (12-3-2) in the 2010 Association of Independent Institutions Conference Quarter Finals on Wednesday afternoon in Phoenix, AZ.

CSUSM senior midfielder Bradley Seidenglanz won the game with a golden goal in the 8th minute of the first overtime. The Night Hawks had nearly won the game one minute into overtime when freshman midfielder Rowan Liburd was found alone inside the 18 yard box but his shot would sail into the bottom of the crossbar and bounce outside the goal. Liburd was responsible for sending TU into overtime when he scored with seven minutes left in regulation to tie the game at two. The Cougars had scored two unanswered goals to take a 2-1 lead after the Night Hawks had the early one goal advantage. Junior forward Niall McCourt gave TU a 1-0 lead when he broke free behind the Cougars back line, off a flick from sophomore forward Gary Watkins, and went one and one with the Cal State goalkeeper. McCourt after out running a Cougar defender would beat the Cougar keeper to his far post only two minutes into the game.

"I am proud of our performance today, said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "You must bury opportunities when you have them and we hit the post twice. That was the difference in the game."


TU Soccer Seeded #4 at A.I.I. Tournament

November 7, 2010

TU Soccer (9-5-3) will be seeded #4 at the six team Association of Independent Institutions Conference Tournament, to be played November 10-13 at the Reach 11 Sports Complex in Phoenix, AZ.

The Night Hawks will open play in a quarter final match up against #5 seeded California State University - San Marcos (11-3-2) on Wednesday November 10 at 1PM EST. The winner of the match will face either NAIA #2 and A.I.I. #1 Simon Fraser University or A.I.I. #2 University of Saint Thomas in a semi final match up on Thursday. TU returns to post season play after not qualifying in 2009. In 2008 Thomas was seeded #4 in the tournament and fell to #1 seeded Simon Fraser University in the Conference semi finals.

Senior forward Alex Fleming (Birmingham, England) and sophomore forward Gary Watkins (Lutterworth, England), eight goals each, will help lead the TU attack in Phoenix. Sophomore midfielder Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England) is third on the team in overall points (17) with five goals and four assists. His organization in the center of the midfield will be a determining factor for the Night Hawks success. The backline is anchored by freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer (Ingolstadt, Germany) , having posted five shutouts this season. Junior defender Matt Tanner (Land O'Lakes, FL) and freshman defender Steven Conway (Tralee, Ireland) have been a big part of a team defense that has posted a single season school record 8 shutouts this season.

"I do not believe we have peaked yet", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "We have played well this season but must now reach our peak form as we enter the tournament. It was disappointing to not qualify last year, I think that drove this team this season, now the focus changes and winning it all is the next goal".


UWF Too Much for TU

October 31, 2010

The NCAA D2 University of West Florida Argonauts (12-4-2) were too much for the visiting TU Night Hawks (9-5-3), winning 5-0 on Sunday afternoon in Pensacola, FL.

West Florida dominated from start to finish and took advantage of tactical disorganization on the part of the Night Hawks throughout the ninety minutes of play. UWF fired off 12 shots on goal to only 3 by Thomas. The Argonauts also had fifteen corner kicks in their favor.

"Today was by far our worst performance of the season", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "We came out flat and stayed that way, although our effort was better in the second half we still were not sharp and made some very bad errors from a technical and tactical stand point."


Seniors Win Final Home Game of their Careers

October 23 2010

TU Soccer (9-4-3) sent off their five seniors with a victory in the final regular season home game of their careers as Night Hawks.

The Night Hawks defeated the visiting Talladega College Tornados (0-11) 7-0 at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Senior Alex Fleming scored twice in the first seven minutes of the game. Seniors Josh Ganz and Anthony Terrou also contributed a goal each in their final home games.  Junior Eddie Foy, Freshman Felix Ospina and sophomore John Bartholomew each added a goal to round out the scoring.

"This is a special senior class", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "We expected them since day one to be a major part of the development of this program and they have done so, helping this program to one regional appearance (2008) and putting us in a position to qualify this year. They will be missed both on and off the field."

Prior to kickoff the seniors: Fleming, Terrou, Ganz, David Gourgues and Marc Musto were honored for their outstanding contributions to the university community and to the TU soccer program. Thank you and best of luck as you move forward to the next stage of your lives.

Men's soccer awaits their playoff future with the announcement of Wednesday's NAIA Modified RPI. TU is seeking a spot in the six team A.I.I. Tournament to be played in Scotsdale, AZ Nov. 10-13. The Night Hawks round out their regular season on Sunday October 31 in Pensacola, FL when they face the University of West Florida. Kickoff is set for 5:30PM EST.


Night Hawks Hold on for 4-3 Victory over Clearwater Christian

October 21, 2010

The Night Hawks (8-4-3) held on for a 4-3 victory over Clearwater Christian College (11-4) this evening in Clearwater, FL.

TU got their night started early with a goal by sophomore Nathan Would for the 1-0 advantage. Sloppy defense led to a equalizer by CCC before sophomore Angus Cox was able to score and give the Night Hawks the lead for good. Would struck again opening up the second half with his second goal of the night, giving TU a 3-1 lead. Midway thru the half sophomore Gary Watkins made it a three goal game when he knocked in a rebound. That is when things got interesting. Freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer received a red card for a foul and Thomas was forced to finish the game with 10. Clearwater turned up the pressure and scored twice in a ten minute span but TU locked down defensively to secure the victory.

On Saturday October 23rd, the Night Hawks will round out their regular season home schedule with a 3:30PM kickoff against Talladega College. Prior to the start of the game, TU Soccer will honor their senior class for their four years of service to the program.


Lambuth Wins 8th in a Row, Knocks off TU

October 17, 2010

Lambuth University (8-3-2), one of the hottest teams in the country, won their eighth game in a row by defeating TU (7-4-3) 3-0 on Sunday afternoon in Young Harris, GA.

After a tightly contested first twenty five minutes in the game, LU took the lead with a goal at the 27:35 mark. With both teams continuing to exchange opportunities Lambuth made it a two goal advantage with less than 2 minutes to play. Down two at the half, TU came out firing away missing three opportunities and hitting the post once within the first two minutes of the game. Lambuth responded in the best possible way to the Night Hawks early second half pressure by notching their third goal of the game in the tenth minute of the half. TU continued to push forward and managed to take 14 shots but the LU keeper made the three necessary saves to maintain the shutout and preserve the win.

TU will be back on the road this coming Thursday October 21st when they travel to Clearwater, FL to face Clearwater Christian College at 6:30PM.


Men's Soccer Record's 7th Shutout in Victory

October 15, 2010

Men's Soccer (7-3-3) continued their dominating defensive season, recording their 7th shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over the host Young Harris College Mountain Lions (2-5-4) on Friday afternoon in Young Harris, GA.

TU was rewarded for quality play from the first whistle in the 32nd minute of the first half when senior forward Alex Fleming converted on a penalty kick to give TU the 1-0 first half advantage. YHC took control of the game in the 2nd half but was turned away by freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer with five saves in the half. TU was able to mount some late counter attack opportunities but was unable to find an insurance goal and it took a team defensive effort to preserve the margin of victory.

 A match up against fellow A.I.I. foe Lambuth University, winners of six games in a row, awaits TU in the second game of the Northern Georgia road trip. The Night Hawks will face the Eagles of Lambuth on Sunday at 2:30pm on the campus of Young Harris.


NAIA #16 SCAD Edges TU 1-0

October 10, 2010

In a tightly contested defensive battle the NAIA #16 Savannah College of Art & Design Bees (10-3) edged TU (6-3-3) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

After a first half that saw both teams combine for 10 total shots, five on goal. SCAD took the lead 4 four minutes in the 2nd half when a Bee forward got in behind the Night Hawks back line and beat goalkeeper Andi Hoffer to the far post for second half advantage. TU pushed for the equalizer and held the shot on goal advantage 4-1 but the Bees goalkeeper was up to the task saving all four attempts. The Night Hawks pushed to the very end but could not find the equalizer and were shutout for only the 2nd time all season. SCAD collected their 7th shutout of the season.

"I felt we played well enough to win today", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "We did a solid job defensively and scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, we did not create the one that we needed to equalize the game and SCAD created the necessary opportunity to win the game. They are as good a back line as we have played all year".

The Night Hawks will look to get back on their winning track this coming Friday at 5PM when they open a two game road set at Young Harris College. On Sunday TU will square off against fellow A.I.I. member Lambuth University at 2:30PM.


Night Hawks Pick up Sixth Victory of the Season

September 30, 2010

The Night Hawks (6-2-3) picked up their sixth victory of the season after defeating the visiting Spring Hill College Badgers (2-6-1) 4-0 on Thursday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

From the first whistle of the game TU dominated the play but was only able to capitalize once in the first half, scoring the first goal of the game at the 36:27 mark of the first. Sophomore midfielder Nathan Would made a penetrating run out of the midfield and finished a pass into the box off the foot of sophomore midfielder Angus Cox for the early advantage. The TU defense held the Badgers to one shot on goal in the first half of play. Thomas scored three in the second to put the game away on goals by a trio of sophomores; forward Gary Watkins, midfielders Manny Pena and Gavin Cameron. Would added an assist and Cox added two more giving him three assists on the day. Freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer collected his sixth shutout of the season and TU now has six shutouts as a team, ranking them #4 Nationally in Total Shutouts (6) and #6 Nationally in Shutouts per Game (0.550).

TU will be back in action on Sunday October 10th at 2PM, when they welcome NAIA #21 Savannah College of Art & Design to the Wendy's Soccer Complex.


Would Goal helps TU edge STU

September 26, 2010

Sophomore midfielder Nathan Would scored a first half free kick goal, helping TU (5-2-3) edge the host St. Thomas University Bobcats (3-4-1) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon in Miami Gardens, FL.

In a match that featured two teams that received votes in last weeks NAIA Top 25 poll, both teams shared the better of play with the Night Hawks dominating the first and the Bobcats the second. After dominating the first half TU settled for solid defending in the second half and Night Hawks freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer came up with three game saving stops to earn his second shutout in the last three games.

"It was a battle out there today", said TU head coach Ricky Zambrano. "Both teams played well enough to win. We were able to hold on in that second half after losing possession of the ball. I am proud of the effort on the defensive side of the ball but we must be able to create more dangerous opportunities and finish more of the ones we do create".

Men's soccer will be back at home on Thursday September 30th, when they welcome Spring Hill College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 4:30PM kickoff.


Sharks Defeat Night Hawks

September 24, 2010

The NCAA D2 Nova Southeastern University Sharks (4-1-2) defeated the Night Hawks (4-2-3), 3-0 on Friday night in Davie, FL.

After a dominant first forty minutes of play TU was unable to stop a Shark attacker who beat three defenders and then struck a uncontested shot from twenty yards out that found the back of the Night Hawks net. The game remained even to begin the start of the second but NSU slowly gained more possession of the ball and stole the momentum away from the Night Hawks. TU continued to push forward looking for the equalizer, forcing the Sharks keeper to make four saves in the second half and help them hold the one goal advantage. With seven minutes remaining in the game the Sharks shut down a TU attack and countered with a numerical advantage, scoring a much needed insurance goal. The Night Hawks pushed forward in a full out attack but a minute later NSU once again countered and iced the game with their third goal of thr match.

TU continues their two game South Florida road trip on Sunday at 4PM, when they face St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL.


Late Goal Lifts TU over GSW

September 22, 2010

A late goal by sophomore forward Gary Watkins lifted TU (4-1-3) to a 1-0 victory over a defensive minded NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern University (1-5) on Wednesday afternoon in Americus, GA.

The Night Hawks struggled to find their rhythm through the first forty five minutes of play and continually ran into a GSW defense that was determined to keep the game even by placing 7-8 players consistently in their half of the field. Although Thomas dominated the game from start to finish they were unable to create many dangerous opportunities  around the GSW goal placing only 10 shots on goal out of 27 total shots. It was fitting that Watkins would come through for TU, after earlier in the day having been named the Association of Independent Institutions Male Athlete of the Week for his three goal performance at the TU Invitational over the weekend. Freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer collected the shutout victory in the Thomas net.

TU will be back on the road this weekend, heading to South Florida for a two game road swing beginning on Friday September 24th when they face NCAA D2 Nova Southeastern University at 7PM. They will conclude the road trip on Sunday at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. Kickoff on Sunday is at 4PM.


Watkins Helps Lead Night Hawks over Florida Memorial

September 19, 2010

Two goals by sophomore Gary Watkins helped lead the Night Hawks (3-1-3) to a 2-1 victory over the visiting Florida Memorial University Lions (3-5) on Sunday afternoon in the finale of the 5th Annual TU Invitational at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

TU came out in a full attack mode from the first whistle constantly applying the pressure on the Lions defense. FMU held on and was kept in the game early by their goalkeeper but in the 13th minute of play sophomore forward Gary Watkins received a long pass from freshman defender Joe McDowell, outran the Lion defenders and than beat the Lions keeper 1v1 to give the Night Hawks the lead. FMU picked up their attack and had the better of the play the final 15 minutes of the half and TU failed to extend their lead in a couple of opportunities. Up by one at the half TU looked to open up the game but ran into a Lions back line that was up to the task. Thomas finally was able to breakthrough and extend their lead in the 16th minute of the second when Watkins received a combination pass from senior forward Alex Fleming and knocked in his second goal of the match. TU maintained most of the control of the game but a stubborn Lions team would not bow down and made it a one goal game when they converted on a penalty kick with less than 25 minutes to play. The Night Hawks defense did the rest keeping FMU off the board and preserving the one goal lead.

The Night Hawks will be back in action on Wednesday September 22nd, when they travel to Americus, GA to face NCAA D2 Georgia Southwestern State University at 5PM.


Men's Soccer Stages Comeback but Settle for Double Overtime Tie

September 17, 2010

Men's Soccer (2-1-3) came back from two goals down but could not score the game winner, settling for a 2-2 tie against the Warner University Royals (4-1-1) in game one of the 5th Annual TU Invitational Friday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

Warner took the early lead 1:20 into the game when a Night Hawk defender miscleared a crossed ball into the TU net for an own goal. The Royals added to their lead at the 26:32 mark of the first when a Royal forward sprinted past two Night Hawk defenders and slid the ball to the far post of the TU goal. Thomas got back into the game taking control of the flow of play and made it a one goal game with seventeen minutes to play in the first when sophomore forward Gary Watkins received a pass, from sophomore midfielder Nathan Would, inside the Royals 18 yard box and buried the ball in the back of the Royals net. Warner continued to hold their one goal advantage as TU continued to pressure and control the game and at the 20:42 mark of the second, freshman midfielder Rowan Liburd knocked home a rebound inside the Warner six yard box to notch the game at two. The teams exchanged some scoring opportunities in the final twenty minutes but neither was capable of finding the game winner. The extra twenty minutes of play would not be enough as the teams finished tied at two.

In game two action of the Invitational, NAIA #14 Shorter University defeated Florida Memorial University 5-3. The TU Invitational wraps up on Sunday when Shorter will face Warner at Remington Park in game three action beginning at 1PM. TU will take on Florida Memorial University in game four at the Wendy's Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 3:30PM.


TU & NCAA DII Rollins Play to Double OT Draw

September 12, 2010

TU (2-1-2) and the visiting NCAA DII Rollins College Tars (2-1-1) played to a 2-2 double overtime draw on Sunday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

Thomas took the early 2-0 advantage on goals by Gary Watkins and Alex Fleming in the first 25 minutes of play. Rollins did not give in and mounted a come back that saw them tie the game in a span on 3 minutes with less than 15 minutes to play in the first half. With the score notched at two, both teams battled back and forth in the second half of play but neither team was able to break through. The teams battled thru twenty minutes of overtime exchanging opportunities but time expired on the Night Hawks chances of securing their third victory of the year. The overtime tie was the 2nd of the season for TU.

Men's Soccer will be back at home on Friday September 17th at 4:30PM, when they host Warner University (Lake Wales, FL) in game one of the 5th Annual TU Invitational. On Friday at 8:00PM, Florida Memorial University (Miami, FL) will face off against NAIA #14 Shorter University (Rome, GA) at Remington Park in game #2 of the Invitational.


Night Hawks Drop First Game of the Year

September 10, 2010

The Night Hawks dropped their first game of the year, falling 3-1 to the visiting Florida Southern Moccasins (4-0) on Friday afternoon at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

Senior forward Alex Fleming gave the Night Hawks the early lead fifteen minutes into the game but were unable to find another goal to increase their lead. Up 1-0 with 15 minutes to play TU conceded their first goal of the season at the 74:39 mark of the game, notching things at one. FSC took the lead 3 minutes later when a TU defender was unable to clear a long service that found an on running Mocs forward going one on one with the Night Hawks goalkeeper Andi Hoffer, beating him with a chip shot for the lead. Florida Southern iced the game scored the third goal of the game on a counter attack with three minutes to play, catching TU committing higher numbers into attack looking for the equalizer.

TU will look to rebound on Sunday September 12 when they welcome NCAA DII Rollins College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for a 2:30PM kickoff.


Men's Soccer Stays Unbeaten, Ties Shorter

September 5, 2010

Men's Soccer (2-0-1) stayed unbeaten after playing to a 0-0 double overtime tie with the host  Shorter University Hawks (2-0-1) on Sunday afternoon in Rome, GA.

TU notched their third shutout in a row to open the season but were unable to muster up enough offense to gain the victory. The Night Hawks had a handful of great scoring opportunities throughout the 120 minutes of action but the Hawks keeper was up to the task. Midway thru the first half, it seemed as if freshman midfielder Rowan Liburd had given TU the lead when he struck a rocket of a shot to the upper right corner of the goal which the Shorter keeper deflected into what seemed to be the inside post of the Hawks goal but the officials ruled that it had not hit the inside bar or crossed the line. The back line anchored by freshman goalkeeper Andi Hoffer did a great job stifling the SU attack, minimizing dangerous scoring opportunities in favor of Shorter. Hoffer is carrying a .000 goals against average in three games so far this season.

The Night Hawks will look to continue their unbeaten streak when they welcome NCAA DII Florida Southern College to the Wendy's Soccer Complex for their 2010 home opener on Friday September 10 at 4:30PM.


Thomas Soccer Blanks Webber

August 29, 2010

Thomas soccer (2-0) blanked the host Webber International University Warriors (0-1-1), 4-0, on Sunday afternoon in Babson Park, FL.

Fifteen minutes into the game, the teams were pulled off the field for the first of two weather delays. After a 20 minute delay, TU opened the scoring in the 18th minute of the first when sophomore midfielder Nathan Would made a penetrating run and received a thru ball from freshman Steven Conway, dribbled past the keeper and slotted the ball into the open net. With fifteen minutes left in the first half, another weather delay forced the teams into the locker rooms and stopped play for 45 minutes. At the 33 minute mark, the Night Hawks extended their lead with an outstanding combination play that sprung junior forward Niall McCourt in behind the Warrior back line, McCourt then made a hard run into the box and lay the ball back to freshman midfielder Rowan Liburd who first timed the ball past the WIU keeper. Senior forward Alex Fleming iced the game with back to back second half goals, five minutes apart from each other. 

TU will look to stay undefeated in the early going when they travel to Rome, GA to face Shorter University on Sunday September 5 at 3PM.


TU Opens 2010 Season with 4-0 Victory

August 25, 2010

TU (1-0) opened their 2010 season with a 4-0 victory over the host Brewton Parker College Barons (0-2) in Mt. Vernon, GA on Wednesday afternoon.

The Night Hawks had goals from sophomores Angus Cox and Gary Watkins in the first half. They put the game away with two 2nd half goals by senior Alex Fleming and sophomore Manny Pena. "It was a good way to start the season", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We saw some good things and some things we really need to work on. Scoring in the opening 2 minutes is huge and today that was the difference."

Thomas will continue their early season road stretch on Sunday when they travel to Babson Park, FL to face Webber International University. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm.


Night Hawks Open 2010 Season Tomorrow at Brewton Paker College

August 24, 2010

The Night Hawks will open their 2010 campaign on the road tomorrow afternoon at Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA.

After 2 1/2 weeks of pre season training camp the 2010 edition of TU Soccer will open their season on the road. TU will be looking to start their season in a positive fashion with the long term goal of reaching the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament in November. Thomas returns 18 players, 8 starters, from a young 2009 team that went 6-8-1. TU will be counting on the leadership of Co-Captains Senior Alex Fleming (Birmingham, England) and Sophomore Nathan Would (Cleethorpes, England), to help guide this team to the tournament in November.

"I am happy with our work over the spring and now in the pre season", said TU Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "We have grown from last year and are excited about this upcoming season. The preseason has given us a chance for more work but we still have a long way to go before we can reach peak form. I believe we have a core group that will be productive for us now and in the years to come".

Kick off tomorrow is set for 4:30PM.


Men's Soccer Prepares to Open 2010 Pre Season Training Camp

August 8, 2010

The 2010 men's soccer team reported to campus on Saturday and are in preparations to open training camp on Monday evening at the Wendy's Soccer Complex.

TU returns 18 players from the 2009 roster and have welcomed for the first time to campus seven new members to the TU soccer family. The 2010 recruiting class consists of four foreign countries and two different states. It also features a college transfer.

"This is a small class because of the volume of returning players that we had", said Head Coach Ricky Zambrano. "All of these players are expected to make immediate contributions to the program both on and off the field. The new members to our coaching staff are also a very welcome addition and are already making their presence felt".

In addition to welcoming the new recruits, two new coaches begin their first seasons as a part of the TU coaching staff. Assistant Head coach Chris Davidovicz joined the staff back in June after spending the last two seasons at Georgia College & State University. Also joining the staff is former All A.I.I. goalkeeper Jan Feldman who remains in Thomasville after a successful playing career for the Night Hawks.

2010 Recuiting Class

Steven Conway - DEF - Tralee, Ireland

Daniel Garcia - DEF - Moultrie, GA

Andi Hoffer - GK - Ingolstadt, Germany

Rowan Liburd - MF - Croydon, England

Joe McDowell - DEF - London, England

Felix Ospina - FWD - Oviedo, FL

Raynaldo Sturrup - GK - Nassau, Bahamas


Men's soccer will open their 2010 regular season on Wednesday August 25th at 4:30pm, when they face off against Brewton Parker College in Mt. Vernon, GA.

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