Stevens Romps Over Amherst To Earn Spot In Finals
Dec. 5, 2008
Courtesy of Greensboro College
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A pair Terrence Johnson goals paved the way for
Stevens Institute of Technology's first appearance in a National
Championship game in school history, with a 4-1 victory over Amherst
College in the NCAA Division III National Semifinal.
Stevens Institute of Technology improves to 19-2-4 overall, while Amherst College finishes at 15-4-3.
Just 3:52 deep in the match the Ducks Todd Sheridan sent a 30-yard shot into an empty net past an offline goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.
Johnson followed with back-to-back strikes, the first came off a rebound on a cross, before sending a controversial shot into the empty net as he worked his way past goalkeeper Lennard Kovacs.
Leading 3-0, at the 76:50 point of the match, Jake Duker scored on a cross by Nick Lynch for the Amherst goal.
The Ducks tacked on a late goal by Al Lockhart for the 4-1 final, converting a one-on-one opportunity against keeper Jeff Grover.
Zach Carr led Stevens Institute of Technology in net with three saves, while the combination of Kovacs and Grover stopped on shot on goal for the Lord Jeffs.
The Lord Jeffs finished with an edge in corner kicks (2-0), while Stevens Institute of Technology held an edge in shots (8-7).
Post Game Press Conference
Todd Sheridan of Stevens:
Q: Being a captain, describe what you told your team on the field in the game and coming through the journey to the Championship game tomorrow?
A: All that I could tell my teammates is to stay calm that we came all this way and today was just another game and lets not play only for our seniors but our whole team.
Terrence Johnson of Stevens
Q: What did you expect coming into today's game?
A: I honestly did not know what to expect but when I hit the field all that was over me was adrenaline and it just took effect and that is what helped me throughout the game.
Stevens Head Coach Tim O'Donahue:
Q: Describe how your team played in today's game and the whole journey to the big game tomorrow?
A: Wow! I don't know where to begin our team has just been playing amazing in this tournament and I had a great group of guys that just didn't give up and just look forward to tomorrow.
Amherst's Jake Duker
Q: What are your thoughts of this game?
A: We played really well as a team, but I think we made a few too many in the back early that was too much to overcome but we still played our hardest.
Amherst's Matt Lewis
Q: What was your teams' defensive strategy in today's game?
A: We didn't really change anything from what we have done all season long, we knew that the Stevens was a really tough team in the fast counter attack but they just took advantage of our mistakes.
Amherst Head Coach Justin Serpone
Q: Describe your journey to today's game?
A: I would like to say that I could not think of a better group of guys to go along this road with. I have only had the privilege of coaching these guys for only two years but I know that our seniors and our whole team are going to be great men in this world.