DeCamillo Overtime Game-Winner Sends Monarchs to MAC Freedom Championship
WILKES-BARRE, PA (October 30, 2018) – The King's College men's soccer team put together another stifling defensive performance and Aidan DeCamillo scored with 2:31 left in the first overtime period to give the Monarchs a 1-0 victory over visiting Manhattanville College on Tuesday night at McCarthy Stadium in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Semifinal.
Second-seeded King's (11-5-2) advances to face top-seeded Eastern, a 5-2 winner over fourth-seeded Misericordia earlier in the day, in the MAC Freedom Championship match on Saturday. Third-seeded Manhattanville (12-5) sees their time in the MAC Freedom come to an end as the Valiants will move to the Skyline Conference next season.
The Monarchs put pressure on the Valiants from the opening kick as August Axtman put a shot high 4:27 in. Ryan Romeo put a shot on goal in the seventh minute that was saved by M'Ville keeper Charles Roberts. In the 13th minute Liam McLoughlin volleyed a indirect kick from Quentin Szeker-Cortes towards goal but Roberts was there to make another save. Romeo came within inches of scoring in the 18th minute on a corner kick from Szeker-Cortes as his header went off the hand of Roberts before knocking off the crossbar and back onto the pitch as a Valiant defender tapped it over the goal line for another corner.
King's had another good look at the net in the 23rd minute as Szeker-Cortes sent an indirect kick into the box from the left side. Matt Giangiulio outjumped a few Valiants to get a head on the ball as his attempt sailed high. The Valiants struggled to gain any offense in the first half as the stout King's defense denied any chance for an open look. Offensively, the Monarchs had another chance to score in the 39th minute as DeCamillo had his shot blocked before Pat Holton grabbed the rebound and sent a shot in on goal that Roberts was able to keep out of the back of the net. Alexander Showalter, who scored a late first half goal against the Valiants in the regular season had another opportunity to do it again in the 43rd minute with a header in the box off an indirect kick by Szeker-Cortes. Roberts made a great diving save to his left to keep the match scoreless at halftime.
The Monarchs had the first good look of the second half in the 53rd minute when McLoughlin headed a cross from the right side in towards goal. Roberts was able to grab it before reaching the goal line for his sixth save of the night. The Valiants got their first shot off in the 55th minute as Nico Diaz sent a shot way high. Romeo had his shot blocked in the 61st minute setting up a KC corner from the right side. Szeker-Cortes found McLoughlin in the middle of the box for a header that just missed wide left.
The Monarchs had another great chance in the 67th minute as Szeker-Cortes sent another corner kick from the right side long missing everyone. Michael Scardelletti chased it down on the left side and sent a cross back into the box towards Giangiulio. The six-foot-five defender flicked the ball over his shoulder to Steven Grebe whose one-timer sailed just wide left of the post.
Manhattanville's best chance of the night came late in the 70th minute as Diaz beat a couple of Monarch defenders and had a great look at net. His shot, however, went wide left. Romeo responded for the Monarchs a few minutes later with a shot on goal that Roberts was able to just get a glove on for a save. Following a King's foul that drew a yellow card in the 77th minute Kendall Davis found space on the right side for the Valiants but his attempt never troubled Owen Geedey in goal as it went far right. King's pressed for the go-ahead goal in the final five minutes of regulation as Romeo and DeCamillo had great opportunities but both shots missed high of the crossbar. DeCamillo's attempt from 20 yards out in the 89th minute hit the football goalpost just above the crossbar.
DeCamillo didn't wait long in the extra session to find open space as his shot from just outside the top of the box went wide right in the 94th minute. He finally broke through in the 98th as Robert came out to play a ball. The Valiant keeper misplayed a clear attempt 30 yards out as DeCamillo collected the loose ball. The junior took a dribble to clear space and then knocked the ball into the wide-open net from 15 yards out with 2:31 on the clock to give King's a well-earned victory.
The Monarchs finished with a 17-3 shot advantage while putting eight shots on goal. They also earned eight corner kicks while the Valiants had none. Romeo was all over the field for the Monarchs as the junior recorded five shots putting three on goal. KC held the conference's leading goal scorer, Cristian Araujo, to no shots for the second time this year. Manhattanville entered the match as the top-scoring offense in the conference. KC recorded their 11th shutout of the season while allowing three or less shots for the sixth time and zero shots on goal for the fourth time. Geedey recorded his school record ninth shutout of the season to give him 31 for his outstanding career.
DeCamillo scored his sixth goal of the year and ninth of his career. The forward has really played well against the MAC Freedom recording four goals and one assist in the seven matches he played in.
The Monarchs will now face top-seeded Eastern University in the Championship match on Saturday at 2 p.m. in St. Davids. The last time KC played in the MAC Freedom Championship was 2015 when they fell to the Eagles 2-0 in Wilkes-Barre. King's will also be looking to avenge a tight 1-0 loss to Eastern this past Saturday on Olson Field.