When and Where: November 12, 2016 – Garden City, N.Y. (Motamed Field)
Score: Adelphi University 1, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Adelphi 18-1-1, SNHU 12-5-2
Despite controlling the majority of play, the sixth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer team had its season ended Saturday with a 1-0 loss to second-seeded and seventh-ranked Adelphi University in an NCAA second round match at Motamed Field.
Adelphi finally tallied the game's first goal in the 63rd minute when Joseph Sanchez' free kick was saved off the left post by graduate goalkeeper Nick Zucco (Ludlow, Mass.), but Federico de Oliveira was there for the rebound and put it just past the outstretched reach of Zucco, who had recovered to dive back to his left.
Southern New Hampshire, which registered a 16-11 advantage in shots, including 11-6 in the second stanza, kept the pressure on until the final whistle. Grad student Yannis Becker (Sittensen, Germany) played a fantastic ball into the box toward the left post in the closing seconds, but Adelphi goalkeeper Spenser Powell punched it back out toward midfield as the final ticks ran off the clock.
The Penmen began really controlling play about 15 minutes in and put together a sequence of beautiful passing in the 21st minute to collect their first dangerous chance. Becker played a long ball from the right toward the left endline where fellow grad student Rayane Boukemia (Strasbourg, France) volleyed it into the box, but, another grad student, Ryan Simpson (Manchester, N.H.) could not quite get his head on the ball.
After being tripped up outside the box in the 34th minute, Boukemia was awarded a free kick from about 25 yards out, but his blast steered wide of the outstretched Powell, but also wide of the left post.
In the 35th minute, Simpson laid a ball off to the right flank for grad student Robert Brown (Brussels, Belgium), but his bid sailed just wide of the far post.
Adelphi made a run in the closing seconds of the first half, with Caelan Hueber flicking a header on net that was corralled by Zucco with five seconds on the clock.
Southern New Hampshire's first chance of the second half came just over five minutes in as Boukemia played a ball from the left flank into the middle of the box, but a header from Simpson was right at Powell, who made the save.
Adelphi looked like it would score first in the 55th minute when Sanchez' shot was saved by Zucco, but then ricocheted over him. Sanchez went to track it down deep in the box to tap it in, but sophomore Claude Diesse (Brossard, Quebec) was there to clear it out of harm's way.
-Southern New Hampshire falls to 21-16-6 (.558) in its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance.
-SNHU was making its ninth straight appearance in the NCAA postseason – the longest active streak in Division II.
-Adelphi, which advances to take on Long Island University-LIU Post, is now unbeaten in its last 19 matches (18-0-1).
-The Panthers also pounced on the Penmen, 1-0, during the regular season back on Oct. 15 in Manchester.
-SNHU is now 70-8-6 (.869) over its last 84 matches dating back to the beginning of the 2013 National Championship season.
-Zucco and Powell each made five saves
-In addition to owning the shot lead, Southern New Hampshire held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks.
-This marked the final match for Zucco, Becker, Boukemia, Giuliani, Brown, Tobias Esche (Bremen Germany), Gilbert Manier (Kigali, Rwanda), Nate Fournier (Belchertown, Mass.), Curtis Pereira (Ludlow, Mass.) and Tet Soe (Oakland, Calif.).
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