Dec. 5, 2008


Courtesy of Dowling

Tampa, FL-  For the second time in 3 years, the Dowling College Men's Soccer team advances to the Championship match after defeating Northern Kentucky 2-1 in overtime thanks to two more goals from star forward Lamine Traore. 

In regulation, the two halves were as lopsided as possible, with N. Kentucky dominating Dowling in the first, out-shooting them 9-2 and scoring their only goal early in the game after ten minutes.   In that half, GK Nemanja Veljovic managed 4 saves after facing extreme pressure from the front.

After the break, Dowling bounced back and was able to control the ball more, outshooting N. Kentucky 8-7 and forcing 2 saves by GK Michael Lavric.  However, it was Lamine Traore who forced the OT.  With ten minutes left in regulation, Traore received a cross from Vlad Milosavljevic, shooting it into the upper right corner from ten yards out, tying the score 1-1. 

Going into overtime, Dowling kept up the pressure they showed in the 2nd keeping the ball away from their side the majority of the time.  With this increased intensity, Lamine Traore struck again in the 96th minute.  Off a pass from El Hadji Mbow, Traore shot one into the the upper right corner from 15 out, making the score 2-1 and sending Dowling to the Championship Match. 

The Championship Match will be played on Sunday at 1:00pm against the winner of tonight's game between Tampa University and Cal. State.