Nov. 14, 2010

Philadelphia, PA -

Courtesy of Medaille Athletics

The Medaille College men's soccer team is going where no other Medaille team has ever gone before, the Sweet 16! And they have a duo of goalkeepers to thank for their unprecedented success. Sophomore keeper Nick Kurtz (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) was spectacular throughout regulation and overtime, making several critical saves including a diving save off a header on a corner kick with twenty seconds remaining in the second overtime in a scoreless (0-0) tie against host Swarthmore College. The Mavs would advance to the Round of 16 (3-2) on penalty kicks.

Following the horn after the second overtime the Mavs would replicate their decision from the AMCC final by pulling goalkeeper Jimmy Frascati (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili) off the bench to handle penalty kicks.

The drama would unfold as the Mavs were turned away on their opening try and the Garnet would bury their first chance to take a one shot advantage. Junior Matt Brehm (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) would step up next for the Mavs and cashed in on his attempt.

Swarthmore would follow suit to maintain their one goal edge. Junior Josh Hall (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) would be the third Maverick shooter and he connected to knot the score at (2-2).

At this point Frascati would steal the show. The third Swarthmore shooter stepped to the dot and blasted a shot that Frascati read perfectly to catch the Mavs up in the shootout. His counterpart would stymie the next Maverick offering, putting the pressure on Frascati who would deny the fourth Swarthmore shooter.

In a de javu moment, senior Eric Schnirel (West Amherst, NY/Sweet Home)(pictured), poked home his penalty kick to give the Mavs a lead. Schnirel tallied the game winning penalty kick in the AMCC title game that propelled them to the NCAA tournament.

Swarthmore would have a chance to tally the equalizer but they pushed the shot wide of the left post, sending the Mavs into the next round.

The Cinderella season will continue for Medaille as they will take on defending National Champion Messiah College on their home pitch next weekend with a chance to head to the Elite 8.

The Mavs are now (16-4-3) and are looking to keep their momentum as they are now unbeaten in eight straight matches. This was the Mavs 14th shutout of the season.