Nov. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Southern N.H. Athletics

Sophomore goalkeeper Joey Kapinos (Ludlow, Mass.) turned aside two of the five penalty kicks he faced in a shootout as Southern New Hampshire University advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championship, besting Southern Connecticut State University 4-3 in penalty kicks at Larkin Field Thursday evening after the two teams played to a 0-0, double overtime draw.

SNHU, the No. 3 seed in the East Region, is now 13-4-3 overall and advances to face second-seeded Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday at 1:00 at SNHU's Larkin Field.  The Owls, the No. 6 seed, see their season come to a close at 14-5-2.  The game is officially recorded as a tie in the standings.

The Owls would go first in the shootout, and both teams would convert their first shot, with SCSU's Paul Templeton and SNHU's Richard Kentish (Kingston, Jamaica) both converting.  The Owls' next shooter, Frank Lara, would see his attempt turned aside by Kapinos, while SNHU's Jayme Kapinos (Ludlow, Mass.) would convert to give the Penmen a 2-1 lead.

Both teams made their third and fourth attempts, with a successful penalty kick by SNHU's Paul D'Angelo (Gloucester, Mass.) in the fourth round assuring SNHU of at least a tie in the initial round of five PKs.  The Penmen wouldn't need their fifth shooter, as Victor Hernandez's attempt was stopped by Joey Kapinos.

Southern New Hampshire carried play for much of the contest, outshooting the Owls 21-5, including a 18-3 advantage in the second half and the two overtime periods.  Southern Connecticut keeper Chris Rybacki made eight saves, while Joey Kapinos turned aside one shot.

SNHU and Wilmington met in the regular season, with the Penmen posting a 1-0 win over the Wildcats back on September 5 at Larkin Field.