Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Fast start against Dutchmen leads Warriors to MAC Commonwealth Final

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Four Lycoming College men’s soccer players scored in a dominant first half as second-seeded Lycoming defeated No. 3-seed Lebanon Valley College, 5-1, in the MAC Commonwealth Championship semifinal on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 1, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

“We came out flying. We knew that one had to go and one had to stay. We didn’t want to stay so we kept moving forward,” junior Sainclair Tueno (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) said of the fast start. “We came out and knew that we had nothing to lose so we just kept going at them.”

Lycoming (17-2 overall) advances to the MAC Commonwealth Championship for the fourth time in five years where it will take on either top-seeded Messiah or fourth-seeded Arcadia at a time and place to be determined. Messiah and Arcadia kickoff tonight at 7 p.m.

The Warriors got off to a blistering start, playing some of its best soccer of the season. Tueno scored his team-leading ninth goal in the seventh minute when senior Jordan Logan (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area) fired a short pass to Tueno, from about eight yards out, turned and lifted the shot into the upper left corner for the 1-0 lead.

In the 16th minute, Logan found senior and fellow First Team All-MAC Commonwealth selection Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) just inside the 18-yard box and Abdi placed a rocket of a kick into the upper corner. It was Abdi’s sixth goal of the season and Logan’s second assist of the game, fifth of the season and 17th of his career, moving him into the top 10 in program history.

Senior Kyle Stettenbauer (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) added his third goal of the season in the 20th minute, when he shot from about 10-yards out off a deflection for the 3-0 lead. SophomoreDaniel Anwanawan (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson), plaing in his first conference tournament game, scored his second goal of the year when freshman Alex Henry (Carlisle, Pa./Carlisle) dribbled to the end line and crossed in a pass to the six-yard box, where Anwanwan blasted it in.

After Lebanon Valley cut the Warrior lead to 4-1 in the 59th minute on Rob Hanosek’s goal, the Warriors put the game out of reach when senior Duc Momo (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) headed in his fifth goal of the season on a corner kick from senior Mateo Velasquez (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mountain East).

Starting in his first postseason game, junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki (Hainesport, N.J./Lenape) made three saves. Cam Avery made four saves for the Dutchmen.

Lycoming outshot Lebanon Valley, 15-14, with a 10-3 first-half advantage.

                          Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                        Lycoming College Warrior Soccer
       Lebanon Valley vs #12 Lycoming (Nov. 1, 2017 at Williamsport, Pa.)

 Lebanon Valley (11-5-1, 5-3) vs. Lycoming (17-2, 7-1 MACC)
 Date: Nov. 1, 2017  Attendance: 110
 Weather: 41 degrees, rain, wind @ 6 mph NW

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Lebanon Valley......  0  1 -  1
 Lycoming............  4  1 -  5

  1.   6:23 LYCOM Sainclair Tueno (9) (Jordan Logan;Kyle Thomas) - 22 short pass in box to 23, 23 fires in from 6 to upper left corner
  2.  15:20 LYCOM Abdullahi Abdi (6) (Jordan Logan) - 22 pass to 9 at top of 18 box, 9 fires from about 17 yds out
  3.  19:29 LYCOM Kyle Stettenbauer (3) (unassisted) - 32 fires in from about 10 yds off deflection
  4.  40:24 LYCOM Daniel Anwanwan (2) (Alex Henry) - 12 dribble to end line, cross into 6 yd box 19 fires in
  5.  58:18 LVC Rob Hanosek (5) (Tyler Skye) - 10 corner kick deflected by keeper, 18 fires loose ball in
  6.  60:01 LYCOM Duc Momo (5) (Mateo Velasquez) - 11 corner kick, 20 heads in

 Shots: Lebanon Valley 14, Lycoming 15
 Saves: Lebanon Valley 4 (Cam Avery 4), Lycoming 3 (Chris Solecki 3)

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