SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – No. 3 seed Gordon and No. 5 seed Roger Williams both went on the road for their Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Semifinal matches and both emerged victorious. The Fighting Scots will now host the Hawks in the CCC Men's Soccer Championship match at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Gordon played No. 2 seed Salve Regina to a 0-0 tie after 45 minutes before the flood gates opened in the second half with a total of six goals scored between the two teams. The Fighting Scots got three quick tallies before Salve answered with two of its own. However, the Seahawks could not overcome the deficit and Gordon earned the 4-2 win.
Roger Williams and No. 1 seed Endicott played to a scoreless draw through regulation. However, the Hawks were finally able to break through five minutes into the overtime period to earn their first trip to the CCC Championship match since 2013.
In their one regular-season matchup this season, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. The Hawks eventually came out on top, scoring the game-winner in overtime.
The winner of Saturday's 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.
#3 Gordon 4, #2 Salve Regina 2
NEWPORT, R.I. – The No. 3 seed Fighting Scots traveled to Newport, Rhode Island this afternoon to face the Seahawks of Salve Regina University in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) semifinal action and handed the Seahawks their first loss of the season, 4-2, to advance to the CCC title game.
With the game 0-0 at halftime, Gordon came out firing on all cylinders in the second frame, scoring three goals in a six-minute span behind tallies from Micah Craig (Covallis, Ore.) at 56:24, Tyler Modzeleski (Cazenovia, N.Y.) 30 seconds later, and Luckson Dambo (Belmont, Mass.) in the 63rd.
Despite the deficit, the Seahawks fought their way back with a Matthew O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) penalty kick and an Owen Stevenson (Middletown, Conn.) finish two and a half minutes later on a setup from Rich Ventura (Floral Park, N.Y.) to make it a 3-2 ballgame in the 74th minute. SRU continued to press in search of the equalizer, but Jarvin Ramirez's (Milton, Ga.) score in the 80th minute stole back momentum for the Scots, who rode out the remaining minutes to the a 4-2 victory.
The Scots will host No. 5 seed Roger Williams on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. for the championship hardware. The last time the Hawks visited the Brigham Athletic Complex, the visitors defeated the Scots 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 13.
Beyond the Box Score:
- This championship appearance will be the Scots' fourth in five years.
- The Scots pull the upset on the Seahawks, who they played to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 20.
- Said Head Coach Matt Horth: "What a game. It's was crazy and hectic like all great playoff games, but our guys prevailed will some brilliance in front of goal and some really hard work defending. To be the only team to defeat Salve Regina this season is a huge accomplishment and the guys earned it. We are excited to host the final on Saturday!"
Game recap courtesy of the Gordon Sports Information Department with portions from Salve Regina Sports Information.
#5 Roger Williams 1, #1 Endicott 0 - OT
BEVERLY, Mass. – Garrett Bolton (Candia, N.H.) delivered the game-winning goal off a header in the 95th minute to lift No. 5 Roger Williams to a 1-0 overtime win against No. 1 Endicott in the semifinal round of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament on Wednesday night.
Bolton's game-winner came off a corner kick as Connor Edwards (Deerfield, Mass.) sent his cross to the back post for Bolton, who did the rest, to send Roger Williams to the CCC Championship for the first time since 2013.
Endicott dominated the majority of play, however, as the Gulls outshot Roger Williams, 20-10, which included a 13-4 margin in the first half, but, ultimately, the Hawks found the back of the net when it mattered most.
Edmund Geschickter (Brookline, Mass.) made seven saves to record his seventh clean sheet and improve to 11-2-0 on the season. Meanwhile, Endicott goalkeeper Jack Bacon (Lincoln, R.I.) stopped five shots in the loss (6-5-1).
- Tonight's win marks the second time Roger Williams has advanced to the CCC Championship as the fifth-seed. In 2013, the Hawks fell to No. 2 Western New England, 2-0.
- Bolton registered his third goal of the season and second career game-winner in today's victory.
- Endicott entered tonight's match ranked seventh in the NCAA Regional Rankings.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
2018 CCC MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
All matches hosted by higher seed
Quarterfinals – Sunday, Oct. 28
Semifinals – Wednesday, Oct. 31
Finals – Saturday, Nov. 3
#5 Roger Williams at #3 Gordon, 1 p.m.
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.