UPSETS RULE IN FIRST DAY OF CACC MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (October 31, 2011) – Three road teams pulled off upsets in Monday's Quarter-final round of the 2011 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Men's Soccer Tournament. No. 1 Post University was the lone seed among the top four to advance to Thursday's semi-final round at Chestnut Hill College. The Eagles earned a 2-0 win over No. 8 Caldwell College.
The first came less than five minutes in when Eltany Morais blasted a shot from five feet away, but Caldwell keeper Brian Agostini made a dazzling save. Agostini kept the Cougars alive one more time when Ani Lekaj fired a shot towards the crossbar that was poked away by the keeper's fingertips. At 60:10 Hylton Davis took advantage of a penalty kick to put the game away, making it 2-0. Davis' shot went into the left back corner of the net for his team leading sixth of the season.
The Eagles will now square off against Holy Family on Thursday, Nov. 3 at, Chestnut Hill College at 11:00 am. Holy Family, the No. 5 seed, punched its ticket to the semi-finals with a decisive 3-0 win over No. 4 Bloomfield College. The Tigers scored the game's first goal in the 36th minute when senior forward Seydou Ba scored his 11th goal of the season. Freshman Nicolas Delgado was credited with the assist as he threw the ball towards Ba on a throw-in. Holy Family maintained its 1-0 advantage through the rest of the half and into halftime despite being outshot by the Deacons, 7-6. Bloomfield held a 17-11 advantage on shots throughout the game.
The Tigers doubled their lead early in the second half when junior Jeffrey Wimsey scored off a rebound inside six yards to make the score 2-0. Wimsey's goal in the 56th minute was his fourth of the season. Later in the half, the Tigers added an insurance goal when junior Dodji Freitas scored an unassisted goal off a free kick in the 75th minute. It marked his second score of the season. Senior goalkeeper Mark Ferretti made five saves in net for Holy Family as he faced 17 shots.
No. 7 Nyack College was also impressive in its quarter-final win, traveling to No. 2 Wilmington and coming away with a 4-0 triumph. Nyack struck first, as Gavin Penny ripped a shot that deflected off Wilmington defender Mike Loaiza into the back of the net, giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 24th minute. That score would hold for the remainder of the first half, despite a flurry of chances from the visitors.
The Warriors struck again just two minutes into the second half as keeper Adrian Ibanez let loose a long ball that was headed into the net by Wildcat defender Justus Henry. Two and a half minutes later, it was 3-0 in favor of Nyack, when sophomore Felix Horn flicked a ball to Marco Likos, who then fired a shot from six yards out that beat Wilmington keeper Spryos Stergiotis. Nyack added one more goal during the 70th minute, when Martin Narvarez connected on a through pass from Penny, giving the visitors a 4-0 lead that would hold until the final whistle sounded. Ibanez turned away three shots for Nyack.
Nyack will face No. 6 Felician College on Thursday at 1:30 pm, as the Golden Falcons earned a 2-1 win at No. 3 Dominican College Monday afternoon. Felician tallied both of its goals in the first half of action for the 2-0 lead. The first goal came in the 27th minute from freshman defender Keleenna Onyeaka, and the second goal from Carlos Canido, on a shot that curved around the Charger keeper, Brandon Heembrock, into the right corner of the net in the 44th minute.
Dominican's lone goal came at the 78 minute mark as sophomore forward Jorge Zubillaga scored his eighth goal of the season for the eventual 2-1 final score. DC outshot the Golden Falcons, 19-15 and held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.
2011 CACC Men's Soccer Tournament
Quarterfinals – Monday, Oct. 31
#1 Post 2 #8 Caldwell 0
#7 Nyack 4, #2 Wilmington 0
#6 Felician 2, #3 Dominican 1
#5 Holy Family 3, #4 Bloomfield 0
Post vs. Holy Family – 11:00 am
Nyack vs. Felician – 1:30 pm