Sandberg and Daza's Strikes Elevate Stevens Past Hunter
Nov. 13, 2010
HOBOKEN, N.J. - The Stevens Institute of Technology men's soccer team received a pair of goals from senior Nolan Sandberg and sophomore Victor Daza netted the game-winner in the 15th-minute as the Ducks rolled to a 3-0 win over Hunter College on Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship. Stevens (15-1-3) will play host to 20th-ranked Muhlenberg College on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. for chance to advance to the Sectional round of the tournament. The Mules defeated Keene State College, 2-0.
Stevens outplayed the Hawks (10-8-3) for the entire 90 minutes, consistently possessing the ball and forcing the action deep in the Hunter zone. The Ducks took 11 shots in each half, ending with a 22-5 advantage in attempts, and senior goalkeeper Zach Carr made four saves to record his 15th shutout of the season and 54th of his career.
Daza's game-winner came at the 14:26 mark and was assisted by freshman Edward Rupp. Rupp, the Empire 8 Championship MVP, took the ball down the right side and sent the ball across the mouth of the goal to Daza who was there for the easy tap in. The tally was the sixth of the season for Daza, while Rupp was credited with his fifth assist.
The Ducks jumped out to a 2-0 lead 1:56 later when Rupp facilitated another easy score. This time, he sent a through-ball to Sandberg who controlled inside the 18 on the right side, made two touches, and effortlessly buried a low-tracer in the left corner for his 14th of the season.
Stevens had many chances to up the score before halftime but several quality shots missed just wide, and the Ducks took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
Stevens put the game away 9:43 into the second half when Adler and Sandberg connected with a beautiful give-and-go on the left side of the 18-yard box. Sandberg passed to Adler at the top-corner of the box and then cut towards the goal. The senior calmly collected Adler's perfect feed and deposited a shot in the lower-right corner for the score. It was Adler's team-high sixth assist of the season and Sanberg's 15th goal.
In addition to the large shot advantage (22-5), Stevens ended the game with a 3-1 edge in corners.
Mulhlenberg downed Keene St. in the latter game of the day by a 2-0 final.
Stevens has not been defeated in regulation or overtime in the NCAA tournament since the 2005 Sectional semifinal. Over that span, the Ducks are 7-1-4, with the only loss coming in penalty kicks to Messiah College in the 2008 National Championship match.