In the Record Book: Third in career goals
against average (1.07)…Fourth in shutouts (nine) and save
percentage (0.760)…Fifth in wins (24) and saves (133).
As a sophomore (2011): NSCAA NCAA Division II
all-Southeast Region Third
team…All-Conference Carolinas Third
team…Ranked 47th in the nation in save percentage
(0.781), 62nd in goals against average (1.21), and 78th in saves
per match (4.1)…Second in the conference in goals against
average and fourth in save percentage…Tied for seventh-best
single-season win total in program history (12)…Tied for
eighth-best single-season shutout total (5)…Eighth-lowest
single-season goals against average (1.16)…Appeared in 20
matches, making 19 starts…Allowed one goal or less in 13
matches, including five clean sheets…Back-to-back shutouts
against Lenoir-Rhyne (Sep. 7) and St. Andrews (Sep.
10)…Posted a clean sheet against North Greenville (Sep. 17)
with three saves…Kept a clean sheet against Belmont Abbey
(Oct. 12) with six saves…Recorded a shutout at No. 5 Coker
(Oct. 22) with six saves…Season-high eight stops in a 2-1
win at Limestone (Oct. 25).
As a freshman (2010): Daktronics NCAA Division II
all-Southeast Region Second team…Conference
Carolinas all-Tournament team and MVP…Led the
conference in goals against average (0.93)…Tied for fifth in
shutouts (four)…Appeared and started in 21
matches…Allowed one goal and made four saves against
Limestone (Sep. 11)…First career shutout against
Carson-Newman (Sep. 22)…Kept a clean sheet at Barton (Sep.
25)…Season-high six saves at North Georgia (Oct.
14)…Posted three straight shutouts in the conference
tournament, including a clean sheet against Coker (Nov. 7) in the
final with a season-high six saves.
High School: Graduated from Sheffield College
in Sheffield, England…Played club soccer for Barnsley FC in
Barnsley, England…Coached by Coached by Ronnie Branson and
Personal: Born on Nov. 14, 1991…Son of
Fraser and Bev Rusling…Has one brother, Danny
(15)…Majoring in sport science…Plans to pursue a
professional playing career and coach at the collegiate
level…Also plans to grow a great beard like George Clooney
and go sky diving with his girlfriend.
More about Thomas: Favorite book:
“Gazza: My Story” by Paul Gascoigne…Favorite
midnight snack: Jaffa cakes…Favorite movies: Gladiator,
Forrest Gump…Favorite musical artists: Coldplay, Kings of
Leon, John Legend…Favorite songs: “Clocks” by
Coldplay, “God Gave Me You” by Blake
Shelton…Favorite sports teams: Leeds United, Baltimore
Ravens…Favorite athletes: Joe Hart of Manchester City, Ray
Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens…Thomas can’t imagine a
week without: A shower…Thomas’ advice to kids:
“Live the dream”…Favorite color:
Orange…Favorite food: Cheese…Favorite sport other
than soccer: Golf…People Thomas most admires: His
parents…Best advice Thomas has ever been given: “Do
what you love for as long as you possibly
can”…Toughest player Thomas has ever played against:
Former LMC defender Sam Kennedy…What people don't know about
Thomas: He used to trampoline competitively…When Thomas was
a kid, he tried to be like: His father…When people first
meet Thomas, they think: “He’s crazy!”.