Lycoming men fall in NCAAs
Junior goalkeeper Chris Solecki made seven saves, but the seventh-ranked Lycoming College men’s soccer team fell victim to a second half goal, as 12th-ranked Drew University posted a 1-0 win in the second round of the NCAA Championship.
The Warriors (19-3 overall) finish their season with a school-record 19 wins while the senior class graduates as one of the most accomplished in program history with 61 wins, eight more than any other class in program history, and two MAC Commonwealth titles.
Solecki finished the season with school records of 19 wins, a 0.52 goals-against average and his .871 save percentage was third in program history. Junior Sainclair Tueno led the team with 11 goals, becoming the first defender to score 10 goals in a season. Senior Abdullahi Abdi finished his storied career with 27 goals (tied for seventh in program history) and 24 assists (fourth) for 78 points (tied for sixth) and senior Jordan Logan added 27 goals (tied for seventh), 17 assists (11th in program history) and 71 points (eighth).
After a nearly scoreless 75 minutes, Drew’s Benjamin Audi lined up a free kick just outside the 18-yard box and fired a shot into the left side of the goal for the game-winner.
In a tight game with a large crowd, the Warriors held advantage for much of the first half, holding a 10-3 advantage in shots, but couldn’t get many quality chances on Drew keeper Jason Adamo. In the second half, the Rangers began to pressure a bit more, while the Warriors also had their chances to capitalize, drawing eight fouls and two corner kicks in the first 30 minutes of the second half, but that translated to just three shots.
The sequence that led to the goal featured Drew keeping possession and forcing three straight fouls, the last of which was just outside the 18 for Audi.
Drew 1, Lycoming 0
Goals: Drew–Benjamin Audi (free kick), 74:20.
Shots: D 15, L 14. Saves: D 4 (Jason Adamo); L 8 (Chris Solecki)
Records: Drew (20-0-1); Lycoming (19-3).