November 6, 2011

Men's Soccer Edged by Top-Seeded Franklin Pierce in NE-10 Title Tilt

RINDGE, N.H. – A goal by Paul Latif eight minutes into the second half lifted top-seeded Franklin Pierce University to a 1-0 win over No. 2 seed Southern New Hampshire University in the championship game of the Northeast-10 Men's Soccer Championship Sunday afternoon at Sodexo Field.  The Ravens, who captured their second straight NE-10 tourney title, remained unbeaten on the season at 19-0-1.  The Penmen saw a 14-match win streak snapped and now stand at 17-3, with two of those losses coming to Franklin Pierce.

Both Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce are expected to be selected to the NCAA Division II tournament that begins next weekend.  The NCAA tournament field will be announced Monday evening at 7:00 pm on ncaa.com.

After a scoreless first half, Franklin Pierce scored the game's only goal at the 52:53 mark.  Nicholas Schibly chipped a ball to Paul Latif just past midfield, who had beaten all but two Penmen defenders.  Latif got past the defenders, then made a spin move around SNHU keeper Joey Kapinos (Ludlow, Mass.) to fire into the lower left corner for his third goal of the season.

Franklin Pierce keeper Vinny Papageorgiou registered his third straight shutout of the postseason by making one save.  Kapinos made one save for Southern New Hampshire.  Both teams took six shots in the contest, with the Ravens generating a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Southern New Hampshire's Chris Tsonis (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Miguel Carneiro (New Milford, Conn.) were named to the All-Championship Team.