GEORGIA STATE, DELAWARE ADVANCE TO CAA MEN'S SOCCER SEMIFINALS
#6 Georgia State 2, #3 William & Mary 1
HARRISONBURG, Va. (November 10, 2011) – Sophomore Evan Scott scored on a header from eight yards out in the 77th minute as sixth-seeded Georgia State rallied for a 2-1 victory over #3 William & Mary in the first quarterfinal match of the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday night at JMU Soccer Complex in Harrisonburg, Va.
Georgia State (13-6-1), which was making its first-ever appearance in the CAA Tournament, advances to play second-seeded Old Dominion in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Friday. William & Mary, which won the CAA championship in 2010, fell to 10-9 with the loss.
On the game-winning goal, GSU freshman Bo Stroup lofted a corner kick from the left side to Scott, who was standing near the far right post. He jumped up and headed the ball into the open net for his team-leading eighth goal of the year.
“On every kick I want the ball in the air,” said Scott. “I jumped up and headed the ball in.”
W&M got on the board first in the 50th minute courtesy of penalty kick, which was set up when the Tribe’s Roshan Patel was taken down in the box by GSU defender Peter Vania. W&M senior Nicolas Abrigo fired a shot to the right side that was deflected by Panthers’ goalkeeper Vincent Foermer, but made its way into the net. It was Abrigo’s team-leading ninth goal of the year.
The Panthers tied the match at 1-1 just 15 minutes later when sophomore Stephen McGill gathered a deflection in the middle of the field and sent a 35-yard laser into the upper left corner of the net. It was McGill’s fourth goal of the season.
“Going down a goal didn’t phase our guys,” Georgia State coach Brett Surrency said. “Our boys battled back . William & Mary’s a good team that doesn’t make many mistakes. Our guys were up to the challenge.”
Georgia State had a 9-5 advantage in shots during a scoreless opening half. The Panthers had the best scoring chance with seven minutes left in the period when Jordan Weise got a pair of shots off from 10 yards out before his second attempt was smothered by W&M goalkeeper Colin Smolinsky.
GSU finished with a 15-10 shot advantage. Smolinsky made seven saves for the Tribe while Foermer stopped a pair of shots for the Panthers.
#4 Delaware 0, #5 Northeastern 0 (Delaware advances 4-3 on PK's)
HARRISONBURG, Va. (November 10, 2011) – Fourth-seeded Delaware advanced 4-3 on penalty kicks after battling to a 0-0 tie with #5 Northeastern in the second quarterfinal match of the 2011 Virginia 529 CAA Men’s Soccer Championship Thursday night at JMU Soccer Complex in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Blue Hens (11-5-3), who advanced in conference tournament play for the first time since 1985, will meet top-seeded James Madison at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals. Northeastern finished its season at 10-6-3.
After neither team scored in 110 minutes of action, there was plenty of drama in penalty kicks. Northeastern took a 2-1 advantage after three rounds on back-to-back makes by Ryan Burnham and Laurence Braude. The Hens went back on top 3-2 as Roberto Gimenez and John Dineen converted, but with the game on the line, NU’s Josh Semerene hit his kick to tie it at 3-3. Delaware sophomore Prince Nartey found an open net to the right side to make it 4-3 and the match ended when Hens’ goalkeeper Kris Devaux kicked away Karl Rumph’s attempt.
“It’s a goalkeeper’s dream to be in a 0-0 tie in PK’s,” Devaux said. “They had gone up the middle a few times and on the last one I was able to make the stop.”
Northeastern was the aggressor in the opening half, posting an 8-3 shot advantage. The Huskies put four shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, including a 10-yarder by Don Anding from the middle of the box that was knocked away on a diving stop by Devaux.
Delaware changed the momentum and controlled play in the second half, out-shooting the Huskies 11-1. The Blue Hens had their first good scoring opportunity just five minutes into the second half when sophomore Mark Garrity turned and took a 12-yard shot from the right side that caromed off the left post. In the 60th minute, Evans Frimpong missed just wide with a 15-yard laser from the middle of the box after a beautiful give-and-go with teammate Roberto Gimenez. With two minutes remaining in regulation, a 20-yard free kick by Gimenez squirted through the NU defensive wall, but goalkeeper Oliver Blum was able to make the stop.
The Hens had a pair of opportunities in the first overtime. With 3:35 left , UD’s Kyle Nuel received a cross in the middle of the box and had an excellent chance from 12 yards out, but his left-footed shot went directly to Blum. With 40 seconds to go, Gimenez got a great pass from Frimpong just inside the box, but Blum made a finger-tip stop on a 15-yard attempt to force a second extra period.
“Northeastern had two good chances in the first half, but we had a solid second half,” Delaware coach Ian Hennessy said. “I don’t know why our second halves have been better, but I’m happy tonight that they were.”
Blum finished with eight saves while recording the shutout for NU, while Devaux stopped five shots in posting a shutout for the Hens. Delaware finished with a 19-10 edge in shots, including 16-2 after halftime.