Nov. 23, 2008

From Dowling Athletics

Brookhaven, NY
- 20 games after defeating U-Mass Lowell, 1-0, in the home opener at Golden Lions Field, the Dowling Men’s Soccer team did it again in the NCAA Quarterfinals, defeating the River Hawks 1-0 in double overtime, sending the Golden Lions to the Final Four in Tampa.
 
The first half saw U-Mass Lowell controlling the ball the majority of the time, outshooting Dowling 7-2 and forcing GK Nemanja Veljovic to make 4 of his 5 saves on the game. The defense on both sides kept up the pressure and sent the teams to the locker rooms at the half with a 0-0 tie.

The Golden Lions roared out of the gate in the second half, dominating possession and outshooting the River Hawks 8-3. Despite the increased pressure, both sides continued to push on defense, sending the game into overtime with a 0-0 score.
 
With fatigue setting in, the two teams found the extra push needed to continue the pressure at the net, however Dowling came away with the only shot of the 1st overtime, sending the game into double-OT.
 
With both teams tallying a shot each in the beginning of the 2nd overtime, the game looked to be much like the 1st and destined for a shootout. However, with 36 seconds left in the period, Dowling struck hard and fast. In what seemed like a fitting end, star forward Lamine Traore, second in the nation with 23 goals scored, was able to dribble from 20 yards out on the left side past 2 defenders, kicking a shot into the upper left corner just out of reach of the GK and winning the game for Dowling with a final score of 1-0.

U-Mass GK Ryan Richards recorded 5 saves on the day while Nemanja Veljovic tallied 5 for the Golden Lions as well.
 
At 18-3-0, Dowling has now battled its way to the Final Four to be held in Tampa on December 5th where they will play Northern Kentucky. This marks the 5th Final Four Appearance for the Golden Lions in their 11th NCAA bid.