November 6, 2012
Hofstra men advance to CAA semifinals
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Five Hofstra players scored on their penalty kick attempts while senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski made a diving save on George Mason's first attempt as the Pride advanced in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals at Hofstra Soccer Stadium on Monday night.
After playing to a scoreless tie in regulation and extratime, the Pride won the shootout, 5-3.
Fourth-seeded Hofstra (11-5-3) will face top-seeded Drexel in the semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Second-seeded Northeastern will oppose third-seeded James Madison in the first semifinal matchup at 5 p.m. George Mason fell to 11-6-2.
Joseph Holland, Mike Annarumma, Maid Memic, Herbert Biste and Chris Griebsch scored for Hofstra in the shootout. After Holland scored to the left to start penalty kick phase, Janowski gave Hofstra a huge lift when he made a diving save on Taylor Morgan's opening attempt. That proved to be the only save by either team in the shootout.
George Mason goalkeeper Dustin Butcher made seven saves in playing 110 minutes in regulation and extraime. But the Patriots inserted keeper Alec Constantine for the shootout.
Griebsch, a junior, posted a game-high six shots and scored the game-ending goal as the fifth shooter in the penalty kick portion when he beat Constantine to the left side. His goal set off an on-field celebration and capped Hofstra's first penalty kick match since the 2006 team captured the CAA championship over George Mason on kicks, 3-2.
Like Butcher, Janowski also got credit for a clean sheet, making five saves, including three in the second half and one in double overtime. Janowski notched his fifth shutout of the season (and the fifth in his last eight games).
Hofstra recorded three shots in the first extratime period, including a great chance when Griebsch took Memic's pass and fired a hard shot to the top right corner. Butcher got his hand on the attempt, knocking it away in the 94th minute.
The Pride will face a Drexel side that went 12-3-2 overall and 8-1-1 in CAA play. Hofstra lost to the Dragons, 2-1, at home this season.