Freshman Joe Cellitti scored twice and the Stevens men's soccer team ran its shutout streak past the 1,000-minute mark as the Ducks topped Haverford College 3-0 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. Senior Zach Adler scored the third goal and assisted the second for Stevens.
The Ducks jumped out ahead quickly. On the left side, Stephen Dunbar overcame a 10-yard head-start by a Haverford defender and outraced him to the ball. Dunbar's speed led to a breakaway for the Ducks; he centered the ball to a wide-open Cellitti who shook down the goalkeeper with a great move and buried it in the twine for the early Stevens lead. It was Dunbar's third assist and Cellitti's eighth goal of the year.
With 30 minutes to go in the first, the Ducks assembled for a corner kick. Adler lined up in his customary position to take it. As the ball curled in the air, Cellitti streaked uncovered towards the nearside post and headed the service past the keeper for his second goal in six minutes. With the assist, Adler earned his fourth point in the NCAA Tournament.
In addition to the obvious lead on the scoreboard, the Ducks dominated possession in the opening minutes as well, with the direction of play heavily slanted towards the Haverford goal.
With 20 minutes to go in the period, the Fords showed their first sustained pressure and had a good scoring chance in front, but goalkeeper Paul Killian and Harrison Kane each had a clear to keep Haverford off the board.
After that sequence executed by the Fords, the rest of the half was played evenly. At the break, Stevens led in shots 7-5, but Haverford had taken two more corner kicks. Fouls showed the most disparity, with the Fords racking up seven to Stevens' two. Both goalkeepers had come up with one save each.
Haverford had the first dangerous opportunity of the second half when the Fords earned a foul call deep in the Stevens end, but the ensuing header went far wide of the Stevens cage.
Ten minutes into the final period, Leonardo Casas had a give-and-go with Dunbar that allowed the defenseman to control the ball all the way to the Haverford back line. Casas fed the ball to Adler at the top of the box, and the Texan cranked an explosive shot past the keeper for his second score of the weekend and a 3-0 Duck lead.
Though Stevens continued to play as aggressively as ever, the Ducks did not allow Haverford second-half shot until only 10 minutes remained in the match, effectively shutting down the Ford offense with ball possession.
Stevens now will travel to York, Pennsylvania for the Sectional Final of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. The Ducks will take on the University of Scranton in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
Joining the Ducks and Royals in the pod are Messiah College and host York College, who will square off on Saturday as well. Stevens' game-time for Saturday is at 11 a.m.
There will be a fan bus leaving Hoboken Saturday morning for the game. This bus and admission to the game are being sponsored by Stevens Athletics and is free to alumni, students, parents and faculty/staff who wish to support the team. We will depart from campus at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The bus returns a half an hour after the completion of the game. A box lunch will be provided courtesy of the Stevens Alumni Association.
You must contact Michelle Schleibaum at 201-970-7103 or [email protected], by noon on Friday to reserve your seat. A minimum of 15 students must be registered for the trip.
Sunday, November 18
A bus will also be provided for Sunday's matchup against the winner of the Messiah College vs. York College game. Sunday's game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The fan bus will leave campus at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, November 18, also returning a half hour after the completion of the game.
Travelers will also have the option to stay overnight at their own expense. The fan bus will provide transportation to the hotel after Saturday's game and pick you up again on Sunday to bring you to the game. You are responsible for booking your own room and rooms must be booked at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites York NE – Market Street. Contact Carl, or the manager on duty at 717-718-4447 and mention Stevens. Cost is $89.00 and includes breakfast. Please note, if Stevens does not have a game on Sunday, you will need to cancel your own reservation, Stevens is not responsible for any hotel fees incurred for the trip.