FOR THE FIRST TIME: Adelphi Wins First-Ever NE-10 Men's Soccer Championship

FOR THE FIRST TIME: Adelphi Wins First-Ever NE-10 Men's Soccer Championship


November 6, 2016

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Adelphi scored two unanswered goals in the second half to capture it's first Northeast-10 Conference Championship title with a 2-1 victory against Le Moyne this afternoon on Motamed Field.

Nearly 10 minutes after Le Moyne grabbed a 1-0 advantage in the 47th minute, the Brown and Gold (17-1-1) answered during the 57th minute with Joseph Sanchez scoring his first of the day. Florent Girardin played ball forward to the right side of the end line that was touched in by Federico De Oliveira, setting up Sanchez for the one-time goal and tying the game.

With 64 minutes expired, Sanchez once again found himself in line to add another tally. James Thristino sent a ball ahead, again on the right end line, that Sanchez fired in on a tough angle to beat Ben Beaury and put Adelphi ahead 2-1 with 25 minutes remaining.

In the final 25 minutes, Spenser Powell made four of his five saves to keep the Dolphins (14-4-2) off the scoreboard as the Panthers attempted just one shot, from Thristino, during that time. With the Le Moyne pressure, the visitors claimed an 8-6 shot margin in the final period.

Le Moyne jumped out to advantage to open the second half following a scoreless first half as Pablo Fernandez finished a through ball from Marcello Palucci. The two answers from Sanchez, however, helped capture the NE-10 Title for the Panthers.

Adelphi earned a slight 14-13 shot advantage in the full 90 minutes while also holding a 5-3 corner kick margin. Powell finished his day with five saves while Beaury stopped four shots in the effort.

"I am so proud of the boys and my coaching staff for all the work they have put in to this point," said Head Coach Carlo Acquista. "The NE-10 is arguably one of the toughest conferences in the country. Credit to Le Moyne; they are extremely well coached and are always up for a battle."

Following the match, Sanchez was named the Most Valuable Player of the Championship. Joining him on the All-Championship Team were teammates Emil Thomsen and Thristino. Also earning All-Championship honors were Ryan Matthews and Callum Donnelly of Le Moyne along with Liam Watt of Franklin Pierce and Oscar Zepada Cagide of Merrimack.

Acquista added, "this has been one of our major goals from the start of the season. We will enjoy it for the day and quickly move on and prepare for the NCAA Tournament."

The NCAA Tournament Selection Show will announce the upcoming NCAA Tournament field on Monday at 6:30 pm live on, following the announcement of the NCAA women's soccer Tournament field.

2016 NE-10 All-Championship Team 

Joseph Sanchez, Adelphi
Emil Thomsen, Adelphi
James Thristino, Adelphi
Liam Watt, Franklin Pierce (not pictured)
Callum Donnelly, Le Moyne
Ryan Matthews, Le Moyne 
Oscar Zepada Cagide, Merrimack (not pictured)
Most Outstanding Player - Joseph Sanchez, Adelphi



2016 Men's Soccer Championship Schedule 

Tuesday, November 1st 
Quarterfinals ­- at Higher Seeds
Match 1: #1 Adelphi 1, #8 So. Connecticut 0
Match 2: #2 Merrimack 2, #7 American Int'l 0
Match 3: #3 Le Moyne 1, #6 Assumption 0
Match 4: #4 Franklin Pierce 2, #5 So. New Hampshire 1, 2OT

Friday, November 4th 
Semifinals - at Higher Seeds
Match 5: #1 Adelphi ­2, #4 Franklin Pierce 0  
Match 6: #3 Le Moyne 2, #2 Merrimack 1 ­  

Sunday, November 6th
Championship Final­
Match 7: #1 Adelphi 2, #3 Le Moyne 1

Additional information for this release provided by the Adelphi athletics communications staff 


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, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in conference championships in 24 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.