November 10, 2012
INTO THE FINAL
Hofstra men a win away from NCAA's after outlasting Drexel in CAA shootout
PHILADELPHIA. - The Hofstra University men are only one win away from reaching the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournaent.
Sophomore forward Maid Memic scored in the 79th minute in the second half and senior goalkeeper Adam Janowski forced three consecutive missed Drexel shots in penalty kicks as Hofstra moved past Drexel in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals at Vidas Field on Friday night.
The Pride won the six-round shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw in regulation and extratime.
Fourth-seeded Hofstra (11-5-4) will face second-seeded Northeastern in the CAA finalon Sunday at 2 p.m. on Drexel's home field. Drexel, which was the league's regular season champion and top seed, fell to 12-3-3.
Hofstra will make its fifth appearance in the CAA championship game and the second in three years. The Pride fell to William and Mary in 2010 but won three consecutive titles from 2004-06.
Janowski, a Coram, N.Y. native, made a career-high 10 saves, including four after halftime, to allow Hofstra to advance for a second straight time on penalty kicks. The Pride bested fifth-seeded George Mason in a shootout after a scoreless tie at home in the quarterfinals.
Fabio Machado scored for the hosts in the 26th minute for the only offense. Janowski made six saves before the break, giving Hofstra a chance to post a comeback.
Memic forced extratime when he scored his team-leading ninth goal from 10 yards in the 79th minute. Junior Chris Griebsch set up the play, picking up his conference-leading 11th assist.
The drama continued. Drexel generated a terrific chance to win it in the second extratime when Michele Pataia took a sliding pass from seven yards out with an open net in front of him. But Pataia failed to get a solid touch on the ball as it skipped wide left in the 87th minute.
Freshman Joseph Holland, the conference's rookie of the year, scored on Hofstra's first attempt while Pataia found the back of the net for Drexel. Senior Mike Annarumma and Drexel's John Grosh also scored in the second round.
Drexel broke the proverbial serve when Memic's left-footed shot hit the left post for a miss. Ken Tribbet scored to give the Dragons a 3-2 edge. Drexel goalkeeper Tim Washam then made the save on junior Herbert Biste in the fourth round, putting Drexel in position to win it with another goal.
But Janowski made a save on Jared Girard's, keeping Hofstra in the game.
Griebsch recorded a goal to the right side in the fifth round for Hofstra, though the Dragons could still win with a score in its half. Tal Bublil missed high to send the contest into a sixth round.
Senior Stephan Barea, who has not scored all year after being asked to take a defensive role, banged a shot off the right post and into the goal, putting the pressure off Drexel to keep the game alive with a goal. But Guido Pena's shot failed to cross the goal line, sending Hofstra to the title game.
Drexel opened the scoring in the when Fabio Machado scored in the 26th minute for the only offense of the first half. The Dragons out-shot Hofstra, 13-6, in the opening 45 minutes. Janowski made six saves before the break, giving Hofstra a chance to post a comeback.
Drexel outshot Hofstra, 27-19.