November 11, 2012
FALLING SHORT IN EXTRATIME
Hofstra lose to Northeastern in CAA final
PHILADELPHIA - Don Anding scored with 4:39 remaining in the second extratime to give second-seeded Northeastern a 1-0 win over fourth-seeded Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association men's final at Drexel's Vidas Field on Sunday.
Anding took a pass from Dante Marini at the top of the box on the near side and hooked a 20-yard shot that eluded a diving goalkeeper Adam Janowski for the "golden goal."
Northeastern, which earned an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I tournament, improved to 13-2-4. Hofstra saw its season end at 11-6-4. The extratime game was Hofstra's fourth consecutive match as the Pride tied its regular season finale and advanced on penalty kicks in each of the first two rounds of the CAA Championship. The CAA final appearance was Hofstra's fifth in the last nine years and first since 2010, The Pride won three consecutive CAA Championships from 2004 to 2006.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half, though Northeastern controlled play as the Huskies had several scoring chances.
Northeastern had two corner kicks in the opening 90 seconds and had an excellent opportunity off of its first attempt as Janowski blocked a header by Connor Alexander. The Huskies had another chance in the 10th minute as Anding intercepted a pass in the penalty area and blasted a shot that Janowski saved again. Northeastern also had a goal waived off due to an offsides call. Janowski kept the Pride in the game as he made six saves in the first half.
Janowski was called on again early in the second half as he stopped a shot from Anding on a 1 v 1 attempt 4:50 in the 50th minute. Hofstra had a chance as it was awarded a free kick outside the penalty area. Chris Griebsch's kick was blocked and Herbert Biste's shot off the rebound sailed high. The Pride had another good opportunity late in the half, but Joseph Holland's free kick from just outside the box was high with 12:31 left.
Janowski made seven saves, while his Husky counterpart Oliver Blum was only called upon once. Northeastern held a 20-7 shot advantage.
Janowski, Shaun Foster and Stephan Barea were named to the All-Championship team for the Pride.