Top Seeds Advance in Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Semifinal Action

Top Seeds Advance in Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Semifinal Action



November 7, 2014

The top two seeds held serve in the semifinal round of the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Championship, but got there in very different ways.

#1 Southern New Hampshire 2, #5 Merrimack 0

MANCHESTER, N.H.A pair of goals by senior Kenny Doublette lifted top-seeded Southern New Hampshire University to a 2-0 win over No. 5 seed Merrimack College in the semifinal round of the 2014 Northeast-10 Men's Soccer Championship Friday night at Larkin Field. 

The Penmen improve to 16-1-1 and will host second-seeded Southern Connecticut State University in Sunday's conference final (1:00 pm) after the Owls rallied for a 2-1 win over Adelphi University Friday night.  Merrimack, which is ranked third in the East Region and must now wait to learn its NCAA fate, stands 13-4-2.

Doublette staked Southern New Hampshire to a 1-0 lead just 5:28 into the contest.  He took a pass from Sebastian Stezewski and his shot from the right of the top of the 18 clanged off the far left post and in for his 13th goal of the season.  The hosts carried a 1-0 lead into halftime.

In the 60th minute, Doublette added an insurance goal, taking a long pass from Stezewski, streaking down the right side, and firing to the far right post to make it 2-0.

Southern New Hampshire carried play much of the contest, holding an 18-3 shot advantage.  Graduate student keeper Dom DiMaggio was not forced to make a save for his seventh shutout of the season, while NE-10 Goalkeeper of the Year Jose Silva made a pair of stops in 76 minutes, before being relieved by Lucas Rezende, who was also forced to make two saves.  The hosts also took 10 of the game's 11 corner kicks.

#2 Southern Connecticut 2, #3 Adelphi 1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Daquan King scored the game winning goal in the 88th minute to propel the No. 15 nationally ranked Southern Connecticut State University Owls past the Adelphi Universtiy Panthers 2-1 on Friday night in the Northeast-10 Conference Semifinals.  The Owls move on to the finals where they will face Southern New Hampshire on Sunday at 1 p.m.

King scored after Adelphi goalie Ahmad Salamah's goal kick was controlled by the Owls' attack.  It was picked up by Chae Brangman who delivered a perfect through ball to King who chipped it over Salamah's head after he had come too far out of the net.  It was King's ninth goal of the year.

King's goal came just five minutes after Markus Jacobsen scored his ninth goal of the year. Jacobsen was to the left of the net when he took a pass from Daniel Ruiz and fired it on the ground to the far post.  

Adelphi scored their first goal at 42:55.  Federico De Oliveira centered a pass toward the middle of the box where Diego Zuniga was able to chip it in to the right of keeper Noah Varonier.  

Championship Update

The 2014 Men's Soccer Championship semifinals will take place on Friday, Nov. 7, with the Championship Final being played Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The highest remaining seed will host the championship final game, and The Northeast-10 Conference will be broadcasting the final game live at on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Also be sure to follow the Northeast-10 on Twitter (@TheNortheast10) for the latest championship news and updates.

Additional information provided by the Southern Connecticut State and the Southern New Hampshire athletic communications staffs.

2014 Northeast-10 Conference Men's Soccer Championship Schedule
Tuesday, November 4 – Quarterfinals
Match 1: #1 Southern New Hampshire 1, #8 American Int'l 0 
Match 2: #5 Merrimack 2, #4 Stonehill 1
Match 3: #2 Southern Connecticut 5, #7 Franklin Pierce 0
Match 4: #3 Adelphi 2, #6 Le Moyne 1

Friday, November 7 - Semifinals (at high seeds)
Match 5: #1 Southern New Hampshire 2, #5 Merrimack 0
Match 6: #2 Southern Connecticut 2, #3 Adelphi 0

Sunday, November 9 - Championship (at high seed)
Match 7: #2 Southern Connecticut at #1 Southern New Hampshire – 1:00 p.m.

The Northeast-10 Conference is an association of 15 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,000 student-athletes.

Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.

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