Seahawk Men's Soccer Advances to CAC Tournament Semifinals on PKs

Photo Credit: Caitlin Katchmar '19
Photo Credit: Caitlin Katchmar '19

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – The second-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland men's soccer team is moving on to the semifinals of the 2018 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship Tournament after winning Saturday afternoon's penalty kick shootout. The Seahawks (11-3-4) edged Penn State Harrisburg (14-3-4), 4-3, in the shootout to claim one of next Wednesday's four semifinal slots.

As the No. 2 seed, St. Mary's will now host third-seeded Salisbury University, who advanced 3-1 on PKs as well against No. 6 seed Christopher Newport University, on Halloween (Wednesday, October 31) at 2:30 p.m. in Seahawk Stadium. The Seahawks earned a 1-0 road win over Salisbury on October 10 behind a goal from junior forward Khalid Balogun (Bowie, Md./Bowie).

St. Mary's 0, Penn State Harrisburg 0 (2OT) – St. Mary's advances 4-3 on PKs

How It Happened

  • St. Mary's dominated the play from the opening whistle, posting a 25-12 shot advantage with a margin of 12-1 in corner kicks.
  • The Lions' goalkeeper, Nicholas Guglielmetti, highlighted the team's solid defensive play in forcing 110 minutes of scoreless play as Guglielmetti made 10 saves.
  • Senior captain Juwan Kearson (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) stepped up to the spot and buried his shot to give the Seahawks a 1-0 lead in the first round of penalty kicks. Joey Aman, the conference's second-leading scorer, also converted his attempt to even up the shootout at 1-1.
  • St. Mary's claimed a 2-1 lead as first-year defender Jacob Breslauer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) made his shot but Ethan Hoover overshot the goal for Harrisburg.
  • Hunter Cooper, who came in for Guglielmetti for the shootout, turned away junior midfielder Brad Moore's (Crofton, Md./South River) shot, allowing Christian Schmoyer to knot the shootout at 2-2 with his PK.
  • The shootout remained tied as senior defender Pascal Iraola (Kensington, Md./Bethesda Chevy Chase) and Josiah Malinich each converted their attempts.
  • Junior forward Josh McRobie (Crofton, Md./Arundel) put St. Mary's ahead 4-3 with his PK before Eric Caldwell had his PK sail over the goal, sending the Seahawks to the semifinals for the 13th time in program history.

For the Seahawks

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeeper: Patrick Paolini (3 saves, 0 goals allowed, 110:00)

For Penn State Harrisburg

  • Scorers: None
  • Goalkeepers: Guglielmetti (10 saves, 0 goals allowed, 110:00); Cooper (PK shootout)

Notes

  • St. Mary's improves to 7-1 in the series, which began in 2013 when the Lions joined the CAC. The Seahawks are now 4-0-1 in their last five matchups with Harrisburg. The Lions' only win over St. Mary's was a 1-0 double overtime decision in the 2014 CAC Tournament Semifinals in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 31 vs. Salisbury (11-3-3) – Seahawk Stadium – 2:30 p.m.
  • Salisbury owns a 29-9-3 record in the series, which began in 1979. However, the Seahawks have won three straight over SU but all three wins have been one-goal decisions plus six of St. Mary's wins have been in Seahawk Stadium. The Sea Gulls' last win over St. Mary's was a 2-0 shutout in the 2015 CAC Tournament Final in Salisbury. 

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