Two second-half goals lift Dowling into second round of NCAA tournament
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Dowling scored twice in the second half for the 2-1 win against NYIT on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA East Regional tournament. The Golden Lions improve to 12-4-3 as the Bears end their season at 13-5.
After a scoreless first half of play, the Golden Lions struck first in the 55th minute when a scramble in the front of the net found Sean Collins who sent a pass to Chis Posillico on the near side of the field where he buried a shot to the far top corner. Just minutes later, the Bears made their way into Dowling territory forcing keeper Ryan McDonald off his line to the top of the box where he was just able to deflect NYIT's attempt on net and defender Zacchious Ogoo was able to clear the ball out to midfield.
In the 74th minute, Dowling's Karyim Balthazar drove the ball up the right side of the field and sent a cross into the box where Alex Hailes managed to get a head on it putting past NYIT keeper Liam Waddy for a 2-0 Dowling lead. Just about six minutes later, a red card put the Golden Lions down a man for the remaining 10 minutes. The Bears broke through in the 88th minute with an unassisted goal by Harvey Houpe, but the Golden Lions held on to advance to the second round of the NCAA East Regional tournament.
The Bears outshot the Golden Lions 12 to 8 and held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
In his 2013 debut, McDonald earned his first win of the season while recording two saves.
The Golden Lions will face LIU Post in the second round of the NCAA East Regional tournament on Saturday.