Men's Soccer Boots Mighty Oaks, Will Play In National Semifinals

Men's Soccer Boots Mighty Oaks, Will Play In National Semifinals

Dean College 4, SUNY-ESF 1
Dean College (16-1-2); SUNY-ESF (12-6-1)
Princess Anne Sports Complex, Virginia Beach, Va.
Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017
2:30 PM

Fifth-seeded Dean College woke up from a slow start to score four unanswered goals and emerge from Pool D with a 4-1 win over SUNY-ESF on Saturday afternoon at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Tournament.

The victory for the Bulldogs sends them into the national semifinal where they will face off against Bryant-Stratton College on Sunday evening at 5:00 PM.

Things started off in the worst way possible for the Cardinal and White as the Mighty Oaks jumped on the board early when Jean Carlos Barrient connected with Christopher Lawrence for the match's first goal less than five minutes into the contest.

Dean eventually settled down and evened the score when Nathan Estrela (Falmouth, Mass.) sent a ball into the box to Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.), who touched it to Cristiano Martins (Brockton, Mass.) and then Martins delivered his eighth goal of the season at 10:53.

The Bulldogs took the lead for good when Campos scored back-to-back goals in less than two minutes. His first score came when Martins returned the favor at 27:48 and then Yuri Mascarenhas (Quincy, Mass.) assisted on his second moments later.

It was 3-1 at the half and Dean tacked on another goal early in the second stanza when Tyler Medeiros (New Bedford, Mass.) took advantage of a misplay by SUNY-ESF netminder Matt Hoppe and floated home his second of the season at 50:17 to wrap up the scoring.

Dean's defense limited the Mighty Oaks to just two shots – one in each half – while recording 17 of their own.

The game was pretty physical, with a combined 26 fouls called and four yellow cards being handed out amongst the two teams.

Dean will square off with the aforementioned Bobcats, who will enter the matchup undefeated at 12-0, on Sunday at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex.