Kadoch keeps Millersville alive
Marauders tie single-season school mark with 11th shutout
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Junior forward Matt Kadoch scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute to secure Millersville's second NCAA Atlantic Regional title in four seasons with a 1-0 win against California (Pa.).
Millersville (14-6-1) entered the Atlantic Regional final with one of the toughest tests a team can face -- beating the same team three times in a season. The Marauders knocked off California (Pa.) (12-4-4) in the regular season on the road by a score of 1-0 before knocking the Vulcans out of the PSAC Tournament in the semifinals by a score of 4-0. CalU, yet to score a goal on Millersville in 2011, looked to be due heading into Saturday evening's title game.
The game was evenly matched in the first half of play. Both teams fired off four shots, with Millersville recording the only shot on goal in the half. Sophomore Andrew Dukes struck the ball from 20 yards out that found the mitts of CalU's goalkeeper Charlie Dagnal midway through the session.
The Vulcans, however, had two promising scoring chances in the side with clear angled shots on goal that were sent just wide in the first half to keep the game scoreless at the break.
The second half resembled the first. Neither team could find that important first goal as time continued to count down. Millersville had a great opportunity with less than 30 minutes to go after Dukes collected the ball off a blocked header attempt by Aaron Roland. Dukes sent the ball on goal but saw the Vulcans' goalkeeper punch it up and over the frame.
Heading into the final 20 minutes of regulation the game began to have the feel of overtime as the clock continued to click with no goals on the board.
And then it happened.
The Marauders, putting pressure on the offensive zone, earned a throw-in on the far side from 15 yards out. Senior Ethan Daubert, whose throw-ins often resemble corner kicks, lined up for the toss. Daubert chucked the ball into the box. The ball bounced around and found its way to Kadoch who collected the ball at the penalty dot. Kadoch spun to his right and fired in a low shot that found the back of the net to give Millersville a 1-0 lead with 16 minutes to play.
CalU showed no signs of calling it quits. The Vulcans found what looked to be a game-tying goal when Edin Sabic found himself one-on-one with Millersville goalkeeper Brad Benzing. Benzing rushed up on Sabic to take his angle away. Sabic fired the ball, hitting Benzing's leg to send it out of bounds for a Vulcan throw-in.
With less than two minutes to play the Marauders continued to kick the ball deep into CalU territory to run at the clock. The Vulcans were unable to get any final scoring chance, turning the ball over each time they threated the Millersville defense. CalU sent one final shot high over the goal frame with six seconds remaining leading to an early Millersville celebration.
Benzing collected his fifth consecutive shutout, fourth of the post season and now has 10 shutouts on the season. Benzing is one shutout behind the Millersville single-season record that was set by current assistant coach Matt Langione in 2008. The team, however, has tied the 2008 team with 11 shutouts for the most in a season by a Marauder team.