Nov. 13, 2010

Courtesy of Medaille Athletics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Medaille College men's soccer team took to the field in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament this evening against the University of Rochester and they wasted very little time as they opened the scoring early when sophomore George Tor (Lagos, Nigeria) drove home a ball played to him by junior Alexander Rouse (Marcellus, NY/Marcellus) just 6:50 into play to take a 1-0 lead.

That lead would hold up as the Mavs advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year with the 1-0 win.

The biggest star of this game would be sophomore goalkeeper Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) who came up with some huge saves in the final ten minutes of the game that would maintain the one goal edge.

With about nine minutes left in the game Kurtz punched away a dangerous ball that landed right on the foot of a Yellowjacket attacker, he dove immediately to his right and stopped the point blank rebound shot. Kurtz would step up again with under three minutes remaining in the game when he made a lunging stop on a sure goal header inside the box that ultimately won the game for Medaille.

The Yellowjackets continued to pour on the pressure in the games waning seconds, but to no avail as the Mavs moved on to the second round of the tournament for the third time in five trips to the big dance.

The Mavs (16-4-2) will face host Swarthmore College tomorrow (11/14) at 6:00pm for the right to advance to the Sweet 16.