Thursday's theme: penalty kick decisions abound
|Junior Christian Lawlor
scored the gamewinner for Marywood on Thursday
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Conference tournament season always has its share of unexpected results, but Thursday's action provided more than a few upsets and plently of overtime matches. There were three men's matches that went beyond overtime and into penalty kicks; the women had four.
Keepers were tested on Thursday, and so were those taking the shots. The keeper is always the hero in the penalty kick round, especially when a save is made. But for the five souls lined up to take those shots, the opposite is true; scoring is expected and a miss can be devastating.
One of the day's surprises was RPI's ability to keep up with St. Lawrence and match the Saints goal for goal. And then it seemed only natural that the Engineers would play the ultimate home field advantage and advance to the Liberty League championship. The Engineers had goals from sophomore Matt Kozol and junior Ryan Gracy. The Saints scored the first equalizer in the second half on a goal by senior Alex Laird, and the sedon in the 83rd minute by senior JJ Tipton. In the other semifinal match, Vassar defeated Union and will host RPI on Sunday for the conference AQ.
|Junior Melanie Waters scored the gamewinner for Bridgewater in their upset of Virginia Wesleyan|
There was a near miss in on the women's side of the Liberty as William Smith needed penalties to get past Rochester Institute of Technology. That match had ended in a 1-1 draw. Union, 1-0 winners over top-seeded RPI, will meet the Herons on Saturday for the AQ.
The women's side of the ODAC had a shocker as Bridgewater surprised Virginia Wesleyan 2-1. While the Marlins will have an excellent chance at a Pool C berth, Bridgewater's Melanie Waters certainly made the day for the Eagles in their attempt at the conference AQ.
The Ohio Wesleyan men and Kenyon played to a scoreless draw and it was the Bishops who advanced, again taking advantage of the home field in advancing via penalties.
Virginia Wesleyan was the lone away team who advanced via penalty kicks as they move past Washington and Lee. That match ended at 1 apiece.
Eastern Connecticut State won their semifinal match against Plymouth State with a golden goal by senior Cory Tobler. The overtime winner was Tobler's second in five days.
|York freshman Brendan
Saberton scored the gamewinner for the
Photo by Ryan Murray
York (Pa.) and Frostburg State battled into two overtimes before freshman Brendan Saberton won the match for the Spartans on a goal in the 103rd minute. Pablo Torrano tied the score for the Bobcats with just minutes remaining in regulation.
Marywood edged Centenary College 3-2 on two goals by junior Christian Lawlor. His second goal of the match was the winner, scored in the 93rd minute of play.
In other overtime matches, Mary Washington pulled a mild upset by taking down Salisbury 1-0 in two overtimes, and Calvin also edged Kalamazoo in double overtime.