Final 2012 CAA Men's Soccer Report
FOUR CAA PLAYERS INVITED TO MLS COMBINE: Four CAA men’s soccer players were among 54 invited to the 2013 adidas MLS Player Combine. Earning invitations were Northeastern forward Don Anding, Hofstra defender Shaun Foster, Old Dominion forward Yannick Smith and James Madison midfielder Paul Wyatt. The combine will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Jan. 11-15 and all invited players will be eligible for selection in the MLS Superdraft that takes place on Jan. 17.
ALL-AMERICA HONORS FOR CAA PLAYERS: Northeastern forward Don Anding and Hofstra defender Shaun Foster earned All-America honors from the NSCAA and College Soccer News. Anding became the first Northeastern men’s soccer All-American in school history when he received third-team honors from both organizations. He led the CAA with 14 goals and 35 points and was chosen as the CAA Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. Foster was also a third-team All-America selection from both organizations, becoming Hofstra’s first All-American since 2006. He was the CAA’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, becoming the first player in league history to win the award three times. He had a pair of game-winning goals this season and anchored a Pride defense that posted seven shutouts. James Madison freshmen defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson was named to the College Soccer News All-Freshman second team.
NU’s AINSCOUGH NAMED REGIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Northeastern’s Brian Ainscough was honored as the NSCAA Division I South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year after guiding the Huskies to the most successful season in school history. Northeastern finished 14-3-4 overall and set program records for most wins and fewest losses. The Huskies captured their first CAA championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
CAA DOMINATES ALL-SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION TEAM: Sixteen CAA players were named to the NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region teams. Four players were chosen to the first team: Northeastern goalkeeper Oliver Blum, Hofstra defender Shaun Foster, Old Dominion midfielder Chris Harmon and Northeastern forward Don Anding. Making the second team were Northeastern defender Simon Cox, Drexel midfielder Nathan Page, James Madison midfielder Paul Wyatt, Old Dominion forward Tim Hopkinson and George Mason forward Taylor Morgan. Selected to the third team were Old Dominion goalkeeper Victor Francoz, James Madison defender Bjarki Aðalsteinsson, Northeastern’s defender Ambry Moss, Old Dominion midfielder Jordan LeBlanc, Drexel midfielder Ken Tribbett, Hofstra forward Maid Memic and George Mason forward Timi Mulgrew.
NORTHEASTERN ADVANCES TO 2ND ROUND OF NCAA TOURNAMENT: Junior Dante Marini’s goal in the 14th minute lifted Northeastern to a 1-0 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. After a throw-in by Nikko Lara, the Huskies’ Don Anding redirected the ball to Marini, who scored his first goal in 21 matches. NU senior goalkeeper Oliver Blum tied a career high with nine saves to record the shutout. NU extended its home field winning streak to 16. The Huskies, who broke the school record for wins in a season, lost 1-0 to 4th-seeded Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA Tournament
DREXEL, ODU BEATEN IN NCAA TOURNAMENT: CAA regular-season champion Drexel fell 2-0 to Brown and Old Dominion was beaten 4-2 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw with UMBC in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship on Thursday. ODU out-shot UMBC 11-8 and had a 7-5 advantage in corners, but was unable to break through. In PK’s, the Monarchs missed their first shot and was never able to get even. Drexel gave up a pair of first-half goals to Brown and saw its eight-match unbeaten streak come to an end. The Dragons out-shot Brown 14-5 in the second half but failed to cut the deficit.
THREE CAA TEAMS EARN NCAA TOURNAMENT BERTHS: Three CAA teams earned berths into the 48-team field for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship as conference champion Northeastern was joined by at-large selections Drexel and Old Dominion. It’s the fifth time in the last nine years that the CAA had three or more teams in the NCAA Tournament field. Northeastern made its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2002. Old Dominion made its third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and its ninth appearance in the last 11 years. Drexel made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1972 after capturing the CAA regular-season title.
NORTHEASTERN, ODU IN NATIONAL POLL: Two CAA men’s soccer teams were ranked in the final national poll released by College Soccer News. CAA champion Northeastern was ranked #25 and Old Dominion was ranked #29.
FIVE CAA TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY: Five CAA teams were among the top 10 in the final NSCAA/Continental Tire South Atlantic Region rankings. ODU led the group of CAA squads at #4, followed by Northeaster at #5, Drexel at #6, Hofstra at #8 and James Madison at #10.
NORTHEASTERN CAPTURES FIRST CAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Senior Don Anding’s goal from 20 yards out with 4:39 remaining in the second overtime gave second-seeded Northeastern a 1-0 victory over #4 Hofstra in the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship game. The CAA championship was the first for Northeastern and earned the Huskies an automatic berth to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. NU had previously reached the CAA title game in 2008 and 2009, but came up on the short end of 1-0 decisions both times. On the game-winning play, junior Dante Marini touched the ball over to Anding. The CAA Player of the Year took a couple of dribbles to create space and then fired a 20-yard left-footed laser that hooked into the right side of the net. It was the league-leading 14th goal of the season for Anding, who was honored as the Most Outstanding Performer of the championship.
VARIETY OF CHAMPIONS: Seven different teams have captured the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship over the past seven seasons, showing the league’s quality and depth. Hofstra won the title in 2006, followed by Old Dominion (2007), George Mason (2008), UNCW (2009), William & Mary (2010)m Delaware (2011) and Northeastern (2012).
NORTHEASTERN, HOFSTRA REACH CAA TITLE GAME: Second-seeded Northeastern rolled past #3 James Madison 5-0 and #4 Hofstra advanced past #1 Drexel 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the semifinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship at Drexel’s Vidas Field. The Huskies scored three times in the first 26 minutes against JMU and never looked back. CAA Player of the Year Don Anding scored twice in the first half and junior Conner Alexander also had a pair of goals for the Huskies. NU reached the CAA title game for the third time in five years. Drexel jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute on a goal by Fabio Machado, but Hofstra got the equalizer on a goal by Maid Memic in the 79th minute. The Dragons had a 3-2 advantage in PK’s before Hofstra got back-to-back made kicks from Chris Griebsch and Stephan Barea to advance. Pride goalkeeper Adam Janowski finished with a career-high 10 saves, including a stop on a penalty kick in the 77th minute and another during the shootout. Hofstra made the finals for the fifth time in nine years.
JMU, HOFSTRA ADVANCE TO CAA SEMIFINALS: Third-seeded James Madison edged #6 UNCW 4-3 in overtime and #4 Hofstra advanced 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 double-overtime tie with #5 George Mason in the quarterfinals of the CAA Men’s Soccer Championship. JMU got a game-winning goal from Dale Robins-Bailey just 4:20 into overtime to defeat UNCW. After falling behind 1-0, JMU reeled off three straight goals with two coming from senior Paul Wyatt and one from Josh Grant. The Seahawks drew even on back-to-back goals from David Sizemore, with the final one coming with 4:49 left in regulation. Hofstra connected on all five of its penalty kick attempts to get past Mason. Hofstra goalkeeper Adam Janowski made five saves in recording the shutout and also made a diving stop of Mason’s first PK attempt. The Pride’s Chris Griebsch took a team-high six shots and also made the winning kick in PK’s. Mason goalkeeper Dustin Butcher made seven saves to earn a shutout.
NU’S ANDING HEADLINES CAA AWARD WINNERS: Northeastern senior forward Don Anding became the first Huskies’ player to be selected as the CAA men’s soccer Player of the Year after leading the conference in goals and points. Hofstra’s Shaun Foster and NU’s Simon Cox were chosen the CAA Co-Defensive Players of the Year, Hofstra’s Joseph Holland was named the CAA Rookie of the Year and Northeastern’s Brian Ainscough and Drexel’s Doug Hess were selected as the CAA Co-Coaches of the Year.
DREXEL CLAIMS CAA REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: Drexel scored two goals in a 5:09 span early in the second half to defeat James Madison 2-0 and clinch its first outright CAA regular-season title. Junior defender Tal Bublil scored the game-winning goal off an assist from Jared Girard in the 62nd minute. The Dragons also got an insurance goal from Mark Donohue from 30 yards out in the 67th minute. Goalkeeper Tim Washam, who assisted on the second goal, made two saves to record the team’s eighth shutout of the year.