Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Swarthmore Athletics

SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Junior Fabian Castro scored the game-winning goal with :47 seconds remaining in regulation off an assist from senior Morgan Langley goal as the Swarthmore College men's soccer team (16-1-3) defeated DeSales 2-1 in a thrilling NCAA Division III First Round playoff match on Saturday evening from Clothier Field.

With the victory, the Garnet move to Sunday's second-round match-up at 6:00 p.m. from Clothier Field against the winner of Medaille-Rochester.

With the seconds ticking away and the game seemingly heading to overtime, Langley - the NCAA leader in assists and assist-per-game, swerved past the Bulldogs' defense on the left wing and found Castro all alone in front of the net. Castro took the pass and slipped the ball past the goalkeeper, sending the crowd of over 900 at Clothier Field into an uproar.

The Garnet took the early lead thanks to sophomore Kieran Reichert - the hero from Swarthmore's Centennial Conference Championship victory last Sunday. In the 32nd minute, Reichert took a pass from freshman Noah Sterngold at the top of the box and blasted a shot right past DeSales goalkeeper Adam Franczak to give the Garnet the 1-0 lead.

DeSales found the equalizer in the 63rd minute. Junior Jonathan Balfour headed home a goal off a powerful throw-in from Tyler Nolan, tying the game at 1-1.

In goal for the Garnet, junior David D'Annunzio made five saves. For DeSales, Franczak made six saves.

With the win, Swarthmore extends its unbeaten streak at Clothier Field to 26 games.