November 19, 2011

Saturday: Oneonta State stuns No. 3 St. Lawrence in OT

In Saturday early action, Oneonta State upset No. 3 St. Lawrence, upstart Neumann fell to No. 23 Montclair State, and second-ranked William Smith edged No. 20 Middlebury.

The Ithaca defense held Trinity scoreless on Saturday Photo by Ithaca Athletics

At Ithaca (women)

No. 3 Trinity and Ithaca played a scoreless draw through regulation and one overtime, but it was a goal in the 101st minute by sophomore Jackie Rodabaugh off a centering pass from sophomore Ellyn Grant-Keane that sends the Bombers to the quarterfinals on Sunday. Senior Abby Loar had 7 shots for the Tigers, but could not get one by junior keeper Becca Salant.

The match featured even-handed play as Trinity had 25 shots, 9 on goal, while Ithaca had 18 shots, and 9 on goal. Salant had nine saves for the Bombers, while freshman Devan Osegueda had eight saves for the Tigers. Trinity had been averaging over five goals per match throughout their season.

In the second match of the afternoon at Ithaca, Cortland State blanked Concordia-Moorhead 2-0 off goals by senior Jackie De Luise and freshman Caitlin Guerra.

Cortland State and Ithaca will face off for a ticket to San Antonio on Sunday at 1:00 pm in the quarterfinals.

At St. Lawrence (men)

In Canton, NY, Oneonta State defeated No. 3 St. Lawrence 2-1 in two overtimes. The Red Dragons move into the quarterfinal round on Sunday and will face the winner of the Babson/Rutgers-Camden match.

Freshman Justin Rivera had the gamewinner for Oneonta State in the third round Photo by St. Lawrence Athletics

After a scoreless first half, Oneonta grabbed the lead with a goal from junior Jeff Christian, his second goal of the season, in the 73rd minute. But the hosts cranked up the heat and equalized just four minutes later with a goal by senior Sam DeMello, assisted by senior back Mike Manfredi off a corner kick set play. The Saints continued the pressure late in the match, as Siegelman had two saves in the final 10 minutes.

But in the 101st minute of overtime, freshman Justin Rivera found himself at the top of the box and beat Abernethy high for the win.

It was a battle that was destined to play out into overtime; both sides had dangerous chances throughout the match, and the stats show an evenly-played match with 19 shots for the Saints and 18 for Oneonta. St. Lawrence senior keeper Brian Abernethy had six saves on the day, while Oneonta junior Max Siegelman had nine.

In the second match of the sectional semifinals No. 11 Rutgers-Camden edged a pesky Babson side 1-0.

Rutgers-Camden and Oneonta State will meet in the quarterfinal round on Sunday.

At Messiah (women)

Top-ranked Messiah dominated the entire match, but could only come away with one goal in a 1-0 win over New Paltz State. The Falcons continue into familar territory in the quarterfinal round on Sunday against the winner of the Johns Hopkins/Amherst match.

Senior Jackie De Luise had a goal in Cortland State's 2-0 NCAA sectional win Photo by Darl Zehr Photography

The high scoring Messiah offense could not get a good look at the New Paltz goal on Saturday as the stingy Hawk's defense stopped most of the Falcon attacks at the 18. 85 minutes of the match was played in the New Paltz end of the field, and Hawks were content to play defense as they had no offense answer to Messiah, but the defensive effort was a disciplined one. The Hawks rarely let Messiah turn on the ball, or get a solid shot at the goal. For the few opportunities that the Falcons did have, junior keeper Stephanie Vega was up to the task with a number of impressive saves.

In the second half, Messiah stepped up the attack, pressing more successfully into the box, but in most cases Vega or the back line of the Hawks broke up play.

Midway into the second half, senior Lisa Wingard took a ball just into New Paltz territory and started long 40 yards run in to the box, beat two defenders, went one on one with Vega, and but the Falcons ahead with a nice shot over Vega's shoulder.

The Hawks had one more shot at a draw in the 87th minute off a corner kick that went in to the box. Senior keeper Autumn Reilly, tested for perhaps the first time in the match, punched the ball clear and the Falcon finished the match with the win.

In the afternoon match, No. 4 Johns Hopkins fell to No. 7 Amherst 2-0. After a scoreless first half, Amherst scored two goals to set up the Sunday quarterfinal match with No. 1 Messiah.

Junior Amy Schlueter scored early in Middlebury's third round NCAA match Photo by Trent Campbell

At Amherst (men)

Neumann played Montclair State tough, but a pair of goals and strong defense was too much for Neumann as the Red Hawks won the third round match 2-1.

In another close match, fourth-ranked Stevens edged the host, and tenth-ranked Amherst 2-1.

Montclair State and Stevens will face off tomorrow for the quarterfinal round, as well as possible bragging rights for New Jersey soccer.

At William Smith (women)

No. 2 William Smith overcame an early Middlebury goal to win 2-1 and advanced on into the quarterfinal round on Sunday.

A fast-paced first half ended with the Herons leading 2-1 over the No. 20 Panthers. Middlebury junior Amy Schlueter beat Heron senior keeper Amanda Davis with a shot in the upper corner for a 1-0 Panther lead in the 8th minute, but William Smith answered back in the 14th minute with a goal from freshman Dineo Mmutla off a pass from senior Alyse DiCenzo. Just minutes later, junior Renee Jensen broke the tie with her unassisted goal off a nice run into the box.

In the second half, the Herons stepped it up with five shots in the first 20 minutes, while Middlebury was limited to one shot in that same period.

In the second match, No. 6 and unbeaten Emory fell to No. 18 Williams 1-0 in two overtimes.

Williams and William Smith will meet on Sunday at 1:00 pm for the quarterfinal and the right to play in the Final Four.

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