Three First Half Goals Push Norwich past Men's Soccer in ECAC Tournament
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Norwich University (12-9-0) men's soccer team scored three first half goals en route to a 3-1 victory over fourth-seeded UMass Boston (11-6-0) in the ECAC New England Tournament Quarterfinals on Wednesday at Howard Field.
Wednesday's match marked the first tournament appearance of any kind for the Beacons since 2006. Netting the lone score for UMass was recently named Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference honoree Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, Mass.).
Norwich got on the board early in the first half when junior forward Garrett Shufelt found the back of the net from 35 yards out in the 15th minute. Shufelt took a pass from Ryan Robertson on the right wing, turned to his left and fired a shot that beat goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, Mass.) over his head to the far post and gave Norwich a 1-0 lead.
The Cadets stretched their lead to 2-0 exactly five minutes later when sophomore midfielder Anthony Amell headed home a free kick service from freshman midfielder Chris Bristol. Amell's header beat Dowd, who dove to his right, but couldn't quite get his hand to the ball to knock it away.
Sophomore defender Wesley Keslin capped the three goal surge by heading home a free kick from Ryan Campbell.
Campbell served the ball from midfield to just inside the 18-yard box where Keslin flicked the ball over the top of Dowd and tucked it just under the cross bar to make it 3-0 in the 30th minute.
Setting up what would be the Beacons lone goal of the day was Luis Saquich (Marlborough, Mass.) who served the ball into Galouzis, who then headed it home past Norwich goalkeeper Alex Toomey.
UMass outshot Norwich 21-18 and had five corner kicks to NU's four. Toomey picked up his fourth win of the season after turning aside eight shots to improve to 4-5-0 on the year. Dowd made five saves for UMass Boston.
Norwich improved to 2-0 all-time against UMass-Boston with the only other meeting before today coming in 2001. The Cadets won 4-0.
The Cadets now advance to the ECAC New England Tournament semi-final where they will meet the winner of No. 1 Brandeis and No. 8 Southern Vermont at a location to be determined.
Despite the loss, the Beacons should return a large group of players from this year's squad. Head coach Myles Berry will welcome back every one of his starting 11 for what should be an exciting 2012 campaign.
Information for this release provided by Norwich University Sports Information Department