Nov. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Dowling Athletics

RINDGE, N.H. -
Dowling Volleyball has some company on their trip to Kentucky after the No. 10 Men's Soccer team knocked out the top ranked Franklin Pierce University Raven this Saturday, 1-0, to claim the East Region crown for the second time in three years. With the win, the Golden Lions travel to Louisville, KY for the NCAA Division II Fall Sports Festival.

The Golden Lions started the game slowly, which resulted in some big chances for the Ravens. Dowling's defense held strong, led by Vladimir Milosavljevic, who continuingly stopped the opponent's offense before it got dangerous. As the game progressed, The Golden Lions started to show some teeth through Keith Vigorito, who had a great shot saved by the Ravens' goalkeeper, Vinny Papageorgiou.

Dowling outplayed the Ravens in the second half and took initiative of the game. The Golden Lions eventually took the lead through Jorge Ruiz, who was alone on goal and chipped it over the Franklin Pierce keeper to give Dowling the 1-0 edge in the 74th minute. This was Jorge's fourth goal of the season.

The Ravens had a chance in the final minutes of play as they found the back of the Dowling net, but the goal was called due to Franklin Pierce being offsides. The Golden Lions were able to hang on for the victory thanks to Chris Kucera who had some tough saves down the stretch.

Kucera, the Daktronics All-East Region second team goalkeeper, tallied 6 saves on the day to earn his 8th shutout of the year. Papageorgiou, the Daktronics All-East Region first team goalkeeper, turned away 5 shots for the Ravens, letting up the lone goal of the game.

Dowling now improves to 12-1-6 on the year while Franklin Pierce ends their season at 17-2-2, with both losses coming at the hands of the Golden Lions.

This victory takes Dowling to Louisville, Kentucky for the final four in the NCAA tournament.