Saturday, November 11, 2017

Warriors soccer advances past Lehman in NCAA Championship

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Senior Kyle Stettenbauer (Columbia, Pa./Hempfield) and junior Sainclair Tueno (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Bair) each scored and the backline played tremendous defense as the seventh-ranked Lycoming College men’s soccer team defeated CUNYAC champion Lehman College, 2-0, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11, at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

“The goal is always to compete for a conference championship every year and to make the NCAA tournament and once you’re here, you have to take it game by game,” said fifth-year Lycoming head coach Nate Gibboney. “We were coming in confident with the opportunity to host and certainly the expectation and goal for the team was to win that game and get back to work and prepare for tomorrow. We’re hoping for another strong performance from the guys and we’re expecting that for tomorrow’s game.”

With the win, Lycoming (19-2) advances to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the third time in five years, as they will play 12th-ranked Drew University, a 3-2 winner over Franklin & Marshall, on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Shangraw Athletic Complex.

The Warriors also set the program record for wins in a season with 19, breaking the previous record of 18 set by the 2015 squad.

After having four quality shots in the first 16 minutes, the Warriors finally broke through late in the 17th minute when senior Abdullahi Abdi (Seattle, Wash./James Garfield) fired a cross into the 18-yard box where alone, Stettenbauer volleyed in the shot from about 12 yards out to give the MAC Commonwealth champions the 1-0 lead. It was Stettenbauer’s fourth goal of the season and his second in three playoff games. It was also Abdi’s fourth assist of the season and the 24th of his career, the fourth most in program history.

In the 61st minute, after helping the back four play great defense, Tueno corralled a loose ball about eight yards in front of the net, dribbled down inside the six-yard box and from the right side, fired in his team-leading 11th goal of the season for the 2-0 lead. The MAC Commonwealth Tournament MVP has scored a goal in five straight games.

Earning his 19th win of the season and his eighth shutout was junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki(Hainesport, N.J./Lenape), who made three saves. Lehman goalie Chris Mulholland made five saves in the loss.

The Warriors outshot the Lightning, 24-8, while holding a 10-1 corner kick advantage.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
                        Lycoming College Warrior Soccer
           Lehman vs #7 Lycoming (Nov 11, 2017 at Williamsport, Pa.)

 Lehman (13-5-1) vs. Lycoming (19-2)
 Date: Nov 11, 2017  Attendance: 386
 Weather: partly sunny, 30 degrees, wind @ 3 mph SW

 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
 Lehman..............  0  0 -  0
 Lycoming............  1  1 -  2

  1.  16:45 LYCOM Kyle Stettenbauer (5) (Abdullahi Abdi) - 9 sent from top right of box to 32 in middle
  2.  60:44 LYCOM Sainclair Tueno (11) (unassisted) - unassisted from the right post extended

 Shots: Lehman 8, Lycoming 24
 Saves: Lehman 5 (Chris Mulholland 5), Lycoming 3 (Chris Solecki 3)

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