November 2, 2012
Adelphi women stun AIC in quarterfinals
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The eighth-seeded Adelphi women stunned the top-seeded American International College, 2-0, in the Northeast-10 Championship quarterfinals on Wednesday.
It took nearly 82 minutes but Emily Masiello made the upset possible, giving the Panthers the go-ahead goal and adding an insurance goal in the 90th minute to stun the No. 10 nationally ranked Yellowjackets.
Adelphi improved to 10-6-3 and will advance to the semifinal round while AIC fell to 13-3-2.
“First, I would like to congratulate AIC on a terrific season,” Adelphi coach Chris Armas said. “I am so proud of the way our girls played tonight. It was a complete team effort for 90 minutes and they went out and earned an important victory for themselves and our program.”
In the first half, Meghan Carey kicked off the action with the first shot of the game and the first of her six attempts. The Yellowjackets doubled up the Panthers with 10 attempts of their own as one of them came dangerously close to finding the back of the net when
AIC's Caroline Boyce's shot hit the crossbar in the 40th minute.
Things heated up in the second half as both offenses ramped up the intensity. AIC's Alyssa Werbicki and Adelphi's Meghan Carey exchanged shots on goal but were both met with saves by the team's respective keepers.
Werbicki had perhaps the Yellowjacket's best chance when she found herself just a few yards out from the Panther net, but missed just high in the 81st minute.
A minute later, Masiello broke the ice with her seventh goal of the season. Off a corner kick, Masiello's send in hooked in toward the net and tipped off of goalkeeper Samantha Tabak's fingers and finished in the back of the net.
Masiello put the icing on the cake in the 90th minute on a breakaway with only 17 seconds remaining, beating Tabak.
The Panthers were outshot, 18-16, and were at a 5-4 corner disadvantage.
Adelphi goalkeeper Sam Whitney made six saves while her counterpart made five.
The Panthers take on the fourth-seeded Merrimack College (11-7-1) on Friday. Merrimack defeated fifth-seeded Franklin Pierce, 1-0, in extratime.