Men's Soccer Bows Out On Penalty Kicks In National Semifinals

Men's Soccer Bows Out On Penalty Kicks In National Semifinals

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 0, Bryant & Stratton 0
Records:
Dean College (16-1-3), Bryant & Stratton (13-0)
Location:
Virginia Beach Sportsplex Stadium, Virginia Beach, Va.
Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017
Time:
5:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Kyle McGibbons
found the back of the net in the ninth round and top-seeded Bryant & Stratton outlasted fifth-seeded Dean College, 9-8, in penalty kicks in the second semifinal at the USCAA National Tournament on Sunday evening at the Virginia Beach Sports Complex.

The Bobcats, who improved to 13-0 with the victory, are making their second straight appearance in the championship match, which will be played on Monday afternoon against Florida International.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
In what turned out to be a marathon match, that took more than three hours to complete, the Bulldogs best scoring chance came in the 62nd minute when Cristiano Martins (Brockton, Mass.) chased down a ball and sent a sliding pass across the box to Felipe Campos (Barnstable, Mass.) but his shot sailed over the crossbar.

The match was incredibly physical with 18 fouls called and 13 yellow cards being assessed.

Bryant & Stratton looked as if they might get on the board in regulation a few times but Nathan Silveira (East Providence, R.I.) was able to make several spectacular stops, including one late in regulation that he was able to deflect over the crossbar.

In the extra sessions, the Bobcats depth began to show as they controlled play in both ten minute periods, outshooting the Bulldogs 10-0 in that time frame.

Both teams came out scoring on their penalty kicks and Dean was 8-for-8 until their ninth shooter was turned aside by a fantastic save from backup netminder Edixon Castillo, which set the stage for McGibbons' heroics.

For the Bulldogs, they see their five-match winning streak and their season come to an end in what can be considered an instant classic.

Overall, the Cardinal and White finish at 16-1-3, won a share of the regular season conference title, advanced to the national semifinals and had four student-athletes earn All-America honors.