Nov. 12, 2010

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BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - Sophomore Ross McGibney (Dublin, Ireland) netted the game-winning goal in the 65th minute and junior keeperAndrew Esposito (East Haven, Conn.) stopped nine shots to lead the No. 18 nationally ranked Southern Connecticut State University men's soccer to a 1-0 win over Dominican College in a first round NCAA Tournament match on Friday. The Owls now move on to the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. when they take on the regional host, No. 10 nationally ranked Dowling College.

Southern Connecticut improved to 14-2-3 with the win. Dominican's season came to a close at 12-4-5 mark.

It was a tightly contested match throughout. Both teams had chances to score in the first half. Dominican held a 12-11 edge in the shot department in the stanza, but the Owls put seven shots on goal to the Chargers' four.

The Owls continued to apply the pressure in the second half. Their efforts paid off roughly midway through the half when McGibney knocked in the rebound of a shot by Harry Appiah (Pawtucket, R.I.).

Both teams had nine shots in the second half, but Dominican was unable to solve Esposito for the duration of the contest.