SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The top four seeds in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Soccer Championship Tournament all took care of business at home to advance to the CCC Semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 2.
Top-seeded Endicott dispatched No. 8 seed Eastern Nazarene, 3-1, while No. 2 seed Wentworth bested No. 7 seed Curry, 3-0. Third seed Gordon earned a 4-0 win over sixth seed Nichols and fourth seed Western New England defeated fifth seed Roger Williams, 3-1.
Endicott and Western New England will meet in one semifinal with the Gulls playing host at 4 p.m. Wentworth will handle hosting duties in the other semifinal against Gordon at 7 p.m.
The two semifinal winners will face off in the CCC Men's Soccer Championship match which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5. The CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the NCAA DIII Men's Soccer Championship.
#1 Endicott 3, #8 Eastern Nazarene 1
BEVERLY, Mass. – The top-seeded Endicott men's soccer team moved past No. 8 Eastern Nazarene, 3-1, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Quarterfinals Saturday evening at Hempstead Stadium.
Freshman forward Evan Couchot (Mason, Ohio) and junior forward Dario Neukom (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) scored in the third and 13th minutes, respectively, and assisted on each other's goals.
Couchot added an insurance tally in the 80th minute as junior forward Diego Maillo's (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) cross in the box was deposited into the back left of the net.
Junior back Nicholas Fernandez's (Foster, R.I.) header was the lone goal for the Lions off a corner kick from senior midfielder Jacob Nason (Southport, England) in the 86th minute.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Tonight's match saw the Gulls improve to 18-1-1 all-time against Eastern Nazarene with the lone loss coming back in 2007.
- The Gulls have outscored the Lions, 54-9, in all-time the series.
- The Gulls out-shot Eastern Nazarene, 21-5, including an 11-1 margin on goal.
- Senior goalkeeper Nick Weinstein (Trumbull, Conn) did not have to many any saves as he improved to 12-5-2 on the season.
- Couchot leads the team with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists for his first career match recording at least one goal and one assist in the same match.
- Five points (two goals, one assists) in a single game is a new career-high for Couchot.
- Couchot also scored twice against Eastern Nazarene earlier this season.
- Neukom notched his fifth goal and fourth assist for the first match this season with at least one goal and one assist in the same match.
- Maillo earned his first assist of the season.
FOR THE FOES
- Senior goalkeeper Jameson MacFarland (Jacksonville, Fla.) stopped eight shots for the Lions as he fell to 5-8-0 on the season.
- Fernandez recorded his first goal of the season.
- Nason picked up his second assist of the season.
- The Gulls won the regular-season meeting, 4-0, as Couchot scored twice and Endicott scored a season-high four times.
Story courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#2 Wentworth 3, #7 Curry 0
BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Noah Martins (Dartmouth, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals to help pace the second-seeded Wentworth Institute of Technology men's soccer team to a 3-0 win over seventh-seeded Curry in the quarterfinal round of the 2016 Commonwealth Coast Conference Men's Soccer Tournament.
With the win the Leopards improve to 12-3-4 on the season and will host third-seeded Gordon in a semifinal round game on Wednesday night. The Colonels see their season come to an end with a 6-13-1 record.
Wentworth put a shot on net in the second minute, which was saved by freshman Paul DeMaio (North Andover, Mass.). On the Leopards' next shot attempt, Martins tallied the only goal the hosts would need. Senior Matt Sanchez (Salem, N.H.) sent a pass from the left side to Martins in front of the net. Martins put home the shot at 3:46 mark.
The Leopards continued to apply pressure, however were only able to get the one goal before halftime. Wentworth had a 12-6 shot advantage at the break with seven of the 12 attempts going on target.
In the 64th minute, Curry nearly tied the game, however a foul in the box negated the shot attempt.
Martins added to the lead at the 72:19 mark when he scored his second of the game and 15th of the season. Freshman Diego Panayotti (San Pedro Sula, Honduras) sent a ball to Martins who took a shot from the right side, which bounced off the left post and crossed the line.
Wentworth rounded out the scoring with 8:24 left on freshman Joe Limoli's (Peabody, Mass.) first collegiate goal. Limoli took a pass from classmate Griffin Price (Allendale, N.J) and one-timed it to the left.
Sophomore Joe Schallmo (Norwood, Mass.) made three saves to pick up the win. DeMaio made one save in 8:14, freshman Mike Russo-Penta (Malden, Mass.) made eight saves in 73:22, and senior Dan Johnson (Easton, Conn.) played the final 8:24.
Story courtesy of the Wentworth Sports Information Department.
#3 Gordon 4, #6 Nichols 0
WENHAM, Mass.—Gordon Men's Soccer scored twice in each half to complete a 4-0 result at home against sixth-seeded Nichols in the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament. Josh Cochran (Bellville, Ohio) scored two goals off headers as Gordon always felt in control of the four-goal victory. The Fighting Scots advance to play No. 2 Wentworth on Wednesday night in Boston.
While the Bison actually outshot the Fighting Scots in the opening period, Gordon's chances had more quality to them. A dangerous foul in the 17th minute set up Caleb Cole (Coatesville, Pa.) for a free kick. The CCC Offensive Player of the Year obliged with a perfect curling ball over the top of the defense, where it met the forehead of a wide open Cochran to put the Scots up 1-0.
Gordon added to its lead in the 26th minute when Ian Burkhart (Lancaster, Pa.) sent a low drive into the low left corner of goal. Burkhart settled a pass from Josh Beveridge (Anchorage, Alaska) atop the 18 and turned around before firing a quick shot past the screened keeper.
Josh Spoonhour (Greencastle, Pa.) had two saves in the first half, his only two of the game.
The sloppy second half ensued with both teams spending a majority of their time in the middle third of the field.
Nichols had a pair of good looks to cut the deficit to one goal, but both opportunities went wide of the post.
Cole increased the Scot lead to three goals in the 83rd minute by running on to a head from Cochran in the open field. With no one to beat but the keeper, Cole sent a line drive into the right pocket for the goal. Gordon's offense finished off a fine game with another goal exactly a minute later. For the second time during the contest, Cochran ran onto a free kick and contorted his body to get a header past the diving keeper. Burkhart was credited with the assist on the deep ball.
Gordon held a 13-11 lead in shots, but only two of Nichols attempts were between the pipes compared to seven for the Scots.
The Fighting Scots (12-4-1) will have to be sharp in a rematch with the Leopards on Wednesday after Wentworth handed Gordon its worst defeat of the season, 3-1. Nichols closes its season at even, 8-8-1.
Story courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
#4 Western New England 3, Roger Williams 1
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Western New England University men's soccer team secured a spot in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinals with a 3-1 victory over Roger Williams University this afternoon at Suprenant Field.
• Junior forward Troy Remillard (Palmer, Mass.), who was named to the All-CCC first team earlier this week, fueled the Western New England offense with two goals and put a team-high four shots on target.
• Senior goalkeeper Kevin Strobel (Rockland, Mass.) stopped seven of the eight shots that he faced.
• Remillard staked the Golden Bears to a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute, as he took a pass from senior defender Brandon Bolger (Saratoga, N.Y.) and beat Roger Williams freshman goalkeeper Edmund Geschickter (Brookline, Mass.) with a shot to the lower left corner of the net.
• Roger Williams equalized in the 58th minute, when senior forward Dan Kelly (Miller Place, N.Y.) headed home a free kick taken by sophomore midfielder Riley Parnham (Califon, N.J.).
• Just under three minutes later, sophomore midfielder Nick Liccardi (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) put Western England back in front for good, scoring on a header following senior Kory Caster's (Wilbraham, Mass.) free kick.
• In the 63rd minute, Remillard netted an insurance goal with the help of an assist from senior forward Scott Trautwein (Pequannock, N.J.).
• With the win, Western New England climbs above the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Golden Bears have won four straight games dating back to October 18.
• Roger Williams outshot Western New England 14-13, but the two teams were even with four corner kicks each.
• Remillard's two goals this afternoon give him a career-high 13 for the season. He leads the Golden Bears and ranks third in the CCC with 29 points.
Story courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
(Matches hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Oct. 29
Semifinals – Wednesday, Nov. 2
#4 Western New England at #1 Endicott, 4 p.m.
#3 Gordon at #2 Wentworth, 7 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 5
Semifinal winners at higher seed, TBA
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and three associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference currently administers championships in 16 intercollegiate sports with that number set to increase next year with the addition of football.