Nov. 14, 2010

Courtesy of Dowling Athletics

Brookhaven, N.Y. - The Dowling Men's Soccer team defeated Southern Connecticut State University in penalty kicks to advance to the NCAA DII Quarterfinals in Rindge, N.H. where they will face Franklin Pierce University. Mouhammad Mboup scored the equalizer in the 66th minute to send the game into overtime and eventually a shootout.

Dowling earned a bye on Friday after earning the No. 2 seed in the east region while Southern Connecticut defeated Dominican College to advance to the second round versus the Golden Lions. The Owls exploded in the first half, outshooting Dowling 11-0 while putting pressure on the Golden Lions' back line. It wasn't until the 41st minute that Southern Connecticut got on the board as Doural Scott received a pass from Ross McGibney, firing it into the left corner to give his team the 1-0 lead going into the break.

The match turned out to be extremely physical, with 7 yellow cards given out. However, it was the Golden Lions who were issued a red card just 6 minutes into the second half, making them play a man down for the remainder of the game. Despite having only 10 men on the field, Dowling picked up the pace and was able to contain the Owls. With the season on the line, Mouhammad Mboup hit the back right corner off a pass from Joseph Henton to even the score at 1-1.

Southern Connecticut had many chances on the day, outshooting Dowling 25-6 in regulation, but Chris Kucera came up big in the net, turning away 2 balls to send it into overtime.

The Owls once again controlled the ball with crisp passing, tallying 8 more shots in both overtime periods, but Kucera came up with 3 more saves to give Dowling a chance in penalty kicks.

In the shootout, Andrew Esposito was the first to turn away a shot, punching out Dowling's third try. With the Owls making their next shot, it came down to the fifth and deciding try, with a goal sending Southern Connecticut to the quarterfinals. Victor Hernandez let it rip, but the ball sailed over the cross bar, giving Dowling a new life. After Vladimir Milosavljevic connected on his shot, the shootout would be sent into a 1-1 situation.

With the Owls hitting their next two, Kucera got a hand on their third chance, leaving it up to Mouhammad Mboup to score the deciding goal. His shot would reach the upper left corner just out of reach of Esposito to send the Golden Lions to the NCAA quarterfinals.

Dowling, now at 11-1-6 on the season, will travel to Rindge, NH for the quarterfinal match against the No. 1 seed and No. 1 nationally ranked Franklin Pierce University Ravens. The Golden Lions last faced the Ravens on September 7th in Brookhaven, NY where they took a 1-0 victory, handing the Ravens their only loss of the season.