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Men’s Soccer Knocked Out of NCAA Tournament

Cecilie Nag

After one win and one loss during last weekend’s National NCAA Tournament, the season is over for the C.W. Post men’s soccer team.

Receiving the third seed in the NCAA East Region, the Pioneers traveled to Boston for their next challenge. The Pioneers were looking for revenge against Nyack College after suffering their only loss in the regular season to them. The Pioneers started fast offensively, jumping out to a 1-0 lead after freshman forward Eivind Austboe put the ball securely into the net with a header, following a corner-kick by sophomore captain Eirik Bjornoe. However, Nyack evened out the score early in the second half. Shortly after, Pioneers sophomore forward Cemil Turan put the Pioneers back into the lead. Soon after, graduate forward William Lindberg secured the 3-1 win with another header.

The win against Nyack College advanced C.W. Post into the second round of the tournament. On Sunday, November 13th, the third-seeded Pioneers squared off against second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University.

Despite an incredible effort by the Pioneers, SNH shut out the Pioneers with a 2-0 win, sending the Pioneers home from the tournament.  C.W. Post came up short, as the Penmen scored one goal in the first half to take the lead and one goal during the final seconds of the game for insurance. A key statistic as to why the Pioneers failed to beat 18-3-0 Southern New Hampshire was the difference in shots on goal. The Penmen had a five shot advantage, attempting 18 shots on goal compared to 13 tries for the Pioneers.

Rounding up the season with a 17-3-1 record, C.W. Post men’s soccer can congratulate itself with the best program record in school history.

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