December 10, 2013 |
RUTGERS-CAMDEN lost in the championship game of Division III men's soccer tournament on Saturday night. The Scarlet Raptors fell to Messiah, 2-1, in double-overtime in San Antonio. It was Messiah's fourth NCAA title in 5 years and 10th overall. Rutgers-Camden senior defender Taylor McGrory scored in the 79th minute. Tim Oswald, in his eighth season as head coach of Rutgers-Camden, guided the Scarlet Raptors to their first semifinal and championship games. "It was a great recap of a tremendous season," said Oswald, whose team finished 23-1-2.
December 9, 2013 |
SAN ANTONIO - Rutgers-Camden's improbable national championship run fell agonizingly short Saturday night, as Messiah scored four minutes into a second overtime for a 2-1 victory to successfully defend its NCAA Division III men's soccer title. The Scarlet Raptors (23-1-2) lost in the school's first finals appearance, falling to a veteran Falcons squad that captured Messiah's 10th national title. "We were dealing with adversity all year," said Rutgers-Camden star Mitch Grotti (Millville)
December 8, 2013 |
SENIOR MIDFIELDER Keegan Balle scored in the 92nd minute to lift Rutgers-Camden, 3-2, over Loras, of Dubuque, Iowa, yesterday in the NCAA Division III men's soccer semifinals in San Antonio, Texas. The Scarlet Raptors will play for the championship tonight at 6:30 against the winner of the game between Williams and Messiah. Raptors sophomore forward Mike Ryan, a Cherokee High product, scored the only goal of the first half, in the 13th minute, off a pass from Stevan Austino, a senior midfielder from Buena High.
December 4, 2013 |
Two of its shots had already bounced off the goalpost before the Rutgers-Camden men's soccer team scored first in an NCAA Division III tournament game two years ago. But with 14 minutes left, SUNY-Oneonta tied and then beat Rutgers-Camden in double overtime. The winners ran onto the field and piled up on a nearby NCCA logo on a hill, celebrating advancing from the Elite Eight to the Final Four in Texas. The Rutgers-Camden players collapsed in grief. They hugged. Some sobbed. "From that moment on, it was our staff's mission to get back to that game . . . and punch our ticket to the Final Four," Rutgers-Camden head coach Tim Oswald said last week during practice, recalling the 2011 game in Canton, N.Y. On Friday, Rutgers-Camden will play in the school's first Final Four game, facing off in San Antonio, Texas, against Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa - quite a feat for a hardscrabble program that until 2001 did not have a home field and that is one of 18 sports that share a tiny $1.3 million budget.
November 29, 2013 |
MEDIA - A look around the space where Ebun Olaloye and Domenick Cucinotta will celebrate the grand opening of their new retail store Saturday removes any mystery behind the naming of their clothing line: "Live Breathe Futbol. " While they talk about their business, Olaloye, 24, toys with a miniature soccer ball underfoot and Cucinotta, 26, holds a larger one in his hands. Cucinotta puts the AC Milan game on TV, and Olaloye turns to a laptop so he can watch an Arsenal game simultaneously.
November 26, 2013 |
EWING, N.J. - Two hours of whipping, bitter cold had distorted Doug Denny's face. And the wind, probably unlike anything the Delran forward had ever felt, was surely unlike anything in which he'd ever played soccer, right? That was the question posed to the senior forward, with about five microphones waving in front of his face. "Nah, not really. I've played in worse," Denny said with a straight face, eliciting laughter from everyone within earshot. After netting the winning goal in overtime of the state Group 2 boys' soccer championship game, sealing Delran's 3-2 win over Newton, Denny wasn't experiencing the raw, single-digit cold the way most others were at that moment.
November 23, 2013 |
The Penn soccer team trudged across Rhodes Field to acknowledge its supporters a final time Thursday night. Goalie Max Polkinhorne walked behind the pack, his hands cupped behind his head. If it hadn't been for Polkinhorne, the Quakers would have been making that trek much earlier in the evening. Penn fell to visiting Providence, 3-1, in a penalty-kick shootout that determined who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. The game ended as a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtimes.
November 22, 2013 |
When Drexel and Penn got together early last month to play soccer, the coaches also got together - after the Quakers came away with a 3-2 victory. "I don't think either of us believed we'd be here at this point," Drexel coach Doug Hess said. Here was a Tuesday luncheon at a restaurant on Walnut Street in West Philadelphia, border territory for the two schools, where the coaches celebrated their teams' qualifying for the NCAA men's soccer tournament. That victory against Drexel had broken a six-game losing streak for the Quakers, who took off and won the Ivy League, clinching an automatic berth.
November 22, 2013 |
PENN AND DREXEL were ousted in the first round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament last night. Penn lost to visiting Providence, 3-1, on penalty kicks. Old Dominion defeated visiting Drexel, 5-1, in Norfolk, Va. Penn's Alec Neumann opened the scoring at 9 minutes of the first half, but Wilder Arboleda tied it up 12 minutes later and the score remained knotted through two overtimes. The Quakers took a 1-0 lead on Duke Lacroix's penalty kick. But, Providence (13-5-3) got goals from Julian Gressel, Anthony Baumann and Markus Naglestad to advance to a second-round game at fifth-seeded Maryland on Sunday.