SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – As expected the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals featured three tightly contested games. No. 2 seed Salve Regina, No. 3 seed Gordon, and No. 5 seed Roger Williams were the victors on Sunday (Oct. 28) and will advance to the CCC Semifinals.
Both the Seahawks and Fighting Scots held serve at home with Salve defeating No. 7 seed Nichols, 1-0, and Gordon besting No. 6 seed University of New England, 2-0. No. 5 seed Roger Williams was the only team to pick up a win on the road as the Hawks took down No. 4 seed Western New England, 1-0.
The three quarterfinal winners will join No. 1 seed Endicott, which received a first-round bye, in the CCC Semifinal round which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Gulls will host the Hawks and the Seahawks will host the Fighting Scots. Both matches are scheduled for 4 p.m. kickoffs.
The two semifinal winners will advance to compete in the 2018 CCC Men's Soccer Championship match on Saturday, Nov. 3. The winner of the title match will be named the 2018 CCC Men's Soccer Tournament Champion and earn the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
#2 Salve Regina 1, #7 Nichols 0
NEWPORT, R.I. – No. 2 Salve Regina University got a goal in the 80th minute from senior Conor Woods (Otisville, N.Y.) on a feed from freshman Rich Ventura (Floral Park, N.Y.) to account for the only score as the Seahawks defeated No. 7 Nichols College in 2018 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Soccer Championships quarterfinal at Toppa Field in Newport. The Seahawks (16-0-3) remain unbeaten in 2018 and advance to the conference semifinal on Wednesday, Oct. 31, where they will host No. 3 Gordon College. The Bison end their season with a 10-7-1 mark.
Series and Streaks
Salve Regina has won its last two games this season against Nichols, 4-0 on Wednesday and 1-0 today. The Seahawks have a 21-8-2 advantage in the all-time series and have won six of the last nine meetings.
Three Stars of the Game
- Salve Regina senior goalkeeper Michael Payan (Fort Lee, N.J.) made seven saves, all before Woods scored the game's only goal, preserving his 10th shutout of the season.
- Salve Regina senior back Woods converted a cross from freshman midfielder Ventura in the 80th minute to score the game's only goal.
- Nichols junior forward Chris Noga (Belchertown, Mass.) led all players with five shots, making Payan pull out some big stops.
Key Stat of the Game
Officials checked physical play early, but nonetheless called 17 fouls on the Bison and five on the Seahawks. The first yellow card did not appear until the second minute of the second half; Nichols finished with six penalty cards.
Woods scored at 79:06 and made the final 11 minutes for the Seahawks more of a clock management exercise than a need to score. Woods nearly added an insurance goal in the 84th minute but went wide of the right post.
- Payan has 10 shutouts in his 18 starts this season.
- Woods scores his third game-winning goal of the season; his previous two were in 4-0 and 6-0 shutouts.
- Salve Regina equals its program records with 16 wins.
- Senior Patrick Porpora (Westminster, Mass.) stopped three shots in his final game as a Bison.
Game recap courtesy of the Salve Regina Sports Information Department.
#3 Gordon 2, #6 University of New England 0
WENHAM, Mass. – The No. 3 seed Fighting Scots welcomed the No. 6 Nor'easters of the University of New England in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's soccer quarterfinal action tonight at the Brigham Athletic Complex, where the Scots clinched their spot in the CCC semifinals with a decisive 2-0 victory over their guests.
Gordon's Noah Craig (Corvallis, Ore.) and Tyler Modzeleski (Cazenovia, N.Y.) paced the Scots' attack with one goal each, while Brody Veleber (Coatesville, Pa.) and Wesley Sprague (Naperville, Ill.) combined for three saves in the win.
The Scots got on the board in the 17th minute when Ryan Modzeleski (Cazenovia, N.Y.) used a free kick to find the head of Craig, who nodded it home for the 1-0 lead. Gordon's offense continued to put pressure on the Nor'easters with Tyler Modzeleski having a quality opportunity in the 27th minute, but UNE keeper Nathan Delesdernier (Niantic, Conn.) rejected the effort to keep his team within one. Six minutes later, however, Tyler Modzeleski was not to be denied again, as he tucked a pass from Josh Beveridge (Anchorage, Alaska) past a diving Delesdernier to give the Scots some extra cushion going into the break.
In the second frame, Delesdernier turned away everything that came his way, booking five of his six total saves on the night, while Sprague stepped in to register one save and preserve the shutout.
The Scots travel to Newport, R.I. to face No. 2 Salve Regina University in the CCC semifinals on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. In their previous meeting on Oct. 20, the Scots and Seahawks played to a 1-1 draw.
Beyond the Box Score
- Tyler Modzeleski's goal tonight marks his eighth of the season, a new career high.
- The Scots have shutout each of their quarterfinal opponents three years in a row and have not lost a quarterfinal game since 2008.
Game recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department.
#5 Roger Williams 1, #4 Western New England 0
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The fourth-seeded Western New England University men's soccer team fell to fifth-seeded Roger Williams University, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament at Suprenant Field.
With the win, Roger Williams (15-4) advances to the CCC semifinals on Wednesday at top-seeded Endicott. Western New England finishes the 2018 campaign with a record of 11-7-2.
Roger Williams sophomore forward Jacob Grant (Flemington, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal for the Hawks early in the second half, while junior goalkeeper Edmund Geschickter (Brookline, Mass.) posted a two-save shutout.
Western New England's only two shots on goal came from juniors Corey Brown (Somers, Conn.) and Dante Cancellaro (Watertown, Conn.).
Following a scoreless first half that featured just one shot on frame, the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the 59th minute.
After a Roger Williams corner kick, the Western New England defense attempted to clear the ball out of the box, but it ended up at the feet of sophomore Connor Edwards (Deerfield, Mass.). Edwards sent a pass into the box to Grant, who turned around, found space and fired a shot into the back of the net past Western New England senior goalkeeper Sam Brewer (Westford, Mass.).
The Golden Bears applied offensive pressure for the remainder of the half and had a few solid scoring chances, but Roger Williams was able to hold onto its lead and escape with the win.
Game recap courtesy of the Western New England Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Sunday, Oct. 28
Semifinals – Wednesday, Oct. 31
#5 Roger Williams at #1 Endicott, 4 p.m.
#3 Gordon at #2 Salve Regina, 4 p.m.
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3
Semifinal Winners, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one 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 administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.