American 3, Long Island 0

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WASHINGTON -- American University's men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over Long Island University, Saturday at Reeves Field. The win marks the seventh consecutive win for the team in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Two Eagle goals in the first half put the Blackbirds on their heels as the AU defense held Long Island to five shots on goal all game. American netted its first score of the game when Sal Caccavale (West Islip, N.Y.) fired a shot that LIU Ryszard Gorski tipped allowing Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Shawn Kuykendall (Fairfax, Va./Madison) to corral the rebound and send it into the Blackbird net. AU expanded its lead to 2-0 when Kuykendall sent a ball in deep to senior Sean Albright (Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn) who was able to head it into an open net.

LIU tried to gain some momentum early in the second half but the Eagles were able to keep applying pressure in the offensive zone. Senior David Marut (Winchester, Va./John Handley) finished the scoring in the 85th minute when he took a great pass from Caccavale up the right side of the field and drilled the ball past Gorski. LIU's best chance to score cam with the Eagles up 2-0 with 12:17 left in the game. The Blackbirds worked the ball down low with a series of quick passes that finished with Ricardo Ordain snapping a quick shot from in front that sailed three feet wide of the left post.

AU keeper Thomas Myers (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) registered his ninth shutout of the year, tallying five saves along the way. Gorski finished with eight saves as the Eagles outshot the Blackbirds by a 17-8 margin. AU also held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks on the day. American is now 1-2 all-time against LIU.

American will travel to Charlottesville, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 23 to face the Virginia Cavaliers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. American is 1-2 all-time in the NCAA tournament against Virginia. Gametime is set for 7:00 p.m.

-- Courtesy American