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December 15, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Notre Dame sophomore midfielder Patrick Hodan has been on a certified late-season roll that extended during his and the Fighting Irish's first-ever College Cup appearance. Hodan scored two goals as third-seeded Notre Dame beat No. 7 New Mexico, 2-0, in an NCAA semifinal soccer win at PPL Park in Chester on Friday. Notre Dame (16-1-6) will face Maryland, 2-1 winners over Virginia in Friday's second semifinal, in the College Cup championship game at 3 p.m. Sunday, in what will be an all-Atlantic Coast Conference final.
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December 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Mexico's Kyle Venter had a reaction similar to that of most amateur and professional soccer players seeing PPL Park for the first time. Venter, a senior defender, and his teammates had a walk-through on a chilly Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's College Cup soccer semifinals at the stadium in Chester. In the 5 p.m. game, New Mexico (14-5-2) will face Notre Dame (15-1-6). Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Maryland (16-3-5) and Virginia (13-5-5) will meet in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
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December 13, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
He scored goals as picturesque and technically difficult as you will see at any level. His assists could have been accompanied by smoke and mirrors. But as eye-popping as those skills are, they're not what Washington Township coach Shane Snyder thinks of first when he thinks of Lou Vilotti. "The way he sees the game is off the charts," Snyder said of Vilotti, this year's Inquirer player of the year in South Jersey boys' soccer. "He's the kind of kid who, when you go into halftime, you go to him and ask him what he sees: Where are we finding space?
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December 10, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
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December 9, 2013 | By Raul Dominguez, For The Inquirer
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)
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December 8, 2013 | DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORT
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 29, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 26, 2013 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
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