Nov. 12, 2010

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -

Courtesy of Christopher Newport Athletics

The second-ranked and host Captains of Christopher Newport earned their first ever 20-win season tonight, with a 3-0 blanking of Neumann University (14-4-2) in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. CNU improved to 20-1-1 on the season and will advance to play Johns Hopkins University (14-3-4) in the second round tomorrow night at 7 pm.

Junior midfielder Brian Lybert had the gamewinning goal and notched his nationwide leading 15th assist of the season, tying the program all-time mark for a single year. Lybert scored in the 27th minute for his tenth goal of the season, and added an assist on Sam Venker's insurance goal in the 80th minute.

Lybert's goal in the 27th minute was a hard line shot to the upper right corner of the goal, as he one-timed a defender's attempted clear. After halftime, CNU would add two more, the first coming from leading goal-scorer Winston Mattheisen in the 61st minute. Mattheisen bent in a set piece from 20 yards out on the left side for his tenth goal this season.

Venker added the third goal of the match in the 80th minute on a hard liner from the left side off of Lybert's 15th assist. He ties Derek Shaw's program record for helpers in a season, with 15, while also moving into a tie for second all-time in career assists (32).

Neumann University, making its first ever NCAA appearance, was held scoreless for just the third time this season. The Knights came in as the second-best scoring offense in the nation, averaging 3.15 goals per game. Zach Sells took two shots to lead the way for Neumann, while Ryan Bushbeck and Samuel Cole each added one.

With the victory, CNU improves to a program-best 20-1-1 mark, besting the previous season-high of 18 wins set last season. The Captains also improve to 6-2-1 in home NCAA Tournament games, while improving to 11-0 this season at Captains Field.