November 18, 2012
FDU men surprise another favored side in NCAA's, upending Saint Louis in OT, 2-1
ST. LOUIS -- The Fairleigh Dickinson University men continued their improbable run in the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament on Sunday, upending yet another favored team on the road.
|Jack McVey headed home the game-winner for FDU in the second extratime.
Photo courtesy of FDU SID
The Knights dispatched eighth-seeded Saint Louis University, 2-1, in two extratimes at Robert R. Hermann Stadium. On Thursday night, they stopped 18th-ranked St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., 1-0.
FDU (11-5-6) will play the winner of the second-round encounter bwtween ninth-seeded North Carolina and University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the round of 16 on Sunday, Nov. 25. St. Louis ended its season at 16-5-0.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute on freshman Jan Aubertís goal. The host equalized tied it in the 73rd minute on a header from
The winning goal was set up by senior Antony Moore, who assisted on both goals. After sophomore Nico Wright and a SLU defender fell to the ground about 20 yards in Billikensí territory, Moore went down the right sideline and sent a cross into the penalty area to McVey, who put it in from 10 yards.
FDU had to fend off a determined SLU attack in the first extra period. The Knights blocked a shot in traffic in the 95th minute, and junior goalkeeper Jacob Lissek came out near the edge of the box to halt a Billikensí breakaway for one of his two saves.
Over the opening 45 minutes, FDU forced SLU goalkeeper Nick Shackelford to make all five of his saves during that stretch. Wright had a header denied in the 19th minute. Moore was stopped on a save off a volley in the 29th minute. One minute later, freshman Jan Aubert ripped a 25-yard shot, which forced Shackelford to make a leaping save to his right.
The Billikens had numerous opportunities to score in the first half, with the help of a 5-1 corner kick advantage, but the Knights put enough pressure on the SLU shots to force them off the mark.
The Billikens had a chance to score three minutes into the second half, but Lissek got to the ground to stop a shot from William Hidalgo.
In the 56th minute, Moore sent a cross from the right corner to Aubert, who found the back left side of the net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Stepping its offensive pressure into a higher gear, SLU broke through in the 73rd minute on a header from Kristo that found the upper left corner of the goal to equalize.