Score: Dean College 2, Florida College 0
Records: Dean College (15-1-2), Florida College (12-1)
Location: Princess Anne Sports Complex, Virginia Beach, Va.
Date: November 9, 2017
Time: 11:45 AM
Dean College got single goals in each half and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs delivered a 2-0 win over fourth-seeded and previously undefeated Florida College on Thursday morning in the opening round of pool play at the USCAA National Tournament.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Making their second straight USCAA Tournament appearance, the Cardinal and White wasted little time getting on the board when Santiago Cardona (Revere, Mass.) fed Cristiano Martins (Brockton, Mass.), who split two defenders and sent a ball to Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.). Campos then tapped home his 21st goal of the season as a sliding Austin McDaniel couldn't get a hand on it at the 10:20 mark.
The game stayed the way deep into the second half until a flurry of offensive activity by the Bulldogs resulted in the insurance score in the 81st minute.
First Pepe Vieira (Brockton, Mass.) sent a ball into the box that Campos was able to head but it tapped off the right post.
Then Jahlanie Hammond (Manchester, N.H.) played give-and-go with Sam Fonseca (Fogo, Cape Verde), who made a move around a defender and found open space where he slipped a low ball past a sliding McDaniel for Dean's second goal at 80:27.
Fonseca had a chance to tack on a second goal when a ball found its way to him all alone on the left side but his shot smacked off the crossbar at 85:15.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Although the stats looked pretty even with both teams finishing with eight shots and two corner kicks each, play was controlled by the Bulldogs.
Nathan Silveira (East Providence, R.I.) needed to only make three saves to record another shutout as the Cardinal and White defense, anchored by Alex Gordonbeck (Martha's Vineyard, Mass.), did a lot of the work in front of him.
The Bulldogs return to the field on Saturday when they face off against SUNY-ESF at 2:30 PM. A victory in that contest would send Dean into the national semifinals on Sunday.