Nov. 12, 2010

Courtesy of Brockport Athletics

It took just 29 seconds into the first overtime period for The College at Brockport Men's Soccer team to earn a spot in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season as junior Brian Duffy (Hilton, NY/Hilton) headed in a direct kick to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 come-for-behind victory over New York University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday evening in Newark, New Jersey.

The Golden Eagles (14-3-2) advance to the second round to face US Merchant Marine, who downed Kean University by a 2-0 margin, at 7 pm Saturday in New Jersey.

NYU (11-3-4) scored twice in a span of three minutes midway through the first half to take a shocking 2-0 lead. Having allowed just eight goals all season, Brockport has only allowed two goals to a single team twice during the previous 18 games.

With just over five minutes to play in the first half, Brockport finally broke loose with a goal after holding a 9-4 shots on goal advantage in the first half. Jamie Crumb (McGraw, NY/McGraw) headed in a crossing pass from the foot of Duffy after a long free kick by senior goalie Joe Marino (Rochester, NY/McQuaid).

"When we were down 2-0 in the first half the guys never gave up," said head coach Gary LaPietra. "The goal by (Jamie) Crumb at the end of the first half was huge. That gave us the spark we needed and we came out and played an excellent second half. I am so proud of these guys. I know it's a clich but they have been playing so hard all year, it's great to see them win in the tournament again this year." In the second half, Brockport tied the score as senior Chris Auth (East Patchogue, NY/Bellport) sent a rocket from 35 yards out off the underside of the cross bar and into the net with 30 minutes left to play in regulation time.

The game remained tied at 2-2 for the remainder of the second half but early in the overtime period a Brockport player was hauled down near midfield for a foul and a free kick was awarded to the Golden Eagles. Senior Mike Breman (Merrick, NY/Bellmore-JFK) lined up the kick and lofted a ball into the box that looked as though it would be handed by the NYU defense. Duffy moved in and headed the ball into the goal just 29 seconds into the period for the game-winning goal.

"(Mike) Breman's kick was perfect," said LaPietra. "The ball was sailing into the box and (Brian) Duffy came out of nowhere to head it in."

For the Golden Eagles who have lost just once in the last nine games (7-1-1), the trip to the second round is the second in as many years as Brockport advanced past Ohio Northern last year before losing to eventual national champion Messiah College in its second round game.