Richard Stockton 2, Stevens IT 1
Richard Stockton 2, Stevens IT 1 (OT)ÂNov. 20, 2004
The 15th-ranked Stockton men's soccer team advanced to the NCAA round of eight with a 2-1 victory over fourth-ranked Stevens Tech in an NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament game. Freshman Domenick Raimo (Delran/Delran) scored the game-winning goal midway through the first overtime period. The Ospreys earned their eighth consecutive win and snapped the Ducks' 15-game winning streak. Jeremy Cohen (Atco/Hammonton) also netted a goal for Stockton and goalkeeper Tim McKenna (Sewell/Gloucester Catholic) made three saves in the game. "We played terrific today," said Stockton head coach Jeff Haines. "This was probably the best game we have played in two years."
Stevens took a 1-0 lead at 9:28 on a 25-yard shot that glanced off the inside of the post. Cohen evened the game for Stockton at 27:32 with a shot from the right wing. The match went to halftime tied 1-1 and stayed that way for the remainder of regulation time. Stevens nearly won the game late in the second half on a shot that hit the crossbar and deflected straight down without breaking the plane of the goal. Midway through the first overtime, Raimo booted a 23-yard shot that deflected off a Stevens defender. The change of direction left the Ducks' goalie unable to fully recover as he got a hand on the ball but was unable to stop it from going into the net for the 2-1 Stockton victory.
Stockton advanced to face third-ranked and undefeated Salisbury (18-0-3) tomorrow at 1 pm on the Sea Gulls' home field. The winner receives a berth in the NCAA Final Four in Greensboro, North Carolina on November 26-27. Salisbury defeated second-ranked Johns Hopkins 1-0 earlier today.
-- Courtesy Richard Stockton