November 16, 2013
SHOWING NO MERCY
Adelphi women roll in D-II 1st round win
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Adelphi University women struck for four goals in the opening half en route to a 5-0 victory over Mercy College in the first round of the NCAA Division II soccer tournament on Friday.
The fourth-seeded Panthers advanced to the second round as they will face top-seeded College of Saint Rose at noon Sunday.
"The early goals were important because against an opponent we're not familiar with, it gets us believing in ourselves even more and it takes pressure off the defense as well," Adelphi head coach Chris Armas said. "I'm proud of the girls. They went out there and they earned every bit of it. It means a lot when Danny McCabe, our athletic director as well as family and friends were there supporting us in Albany for the second weekend in a row.
"St. Rose has had a lot of success with their soccer program. We get another crack at the conference champion and that's always an exciting opportunity. The girls are extremely excited to test themselves against them on Sunday. We played them in a couple of tight games this year and we're hoping that third time is a charm."
The Panthers wasted no time getting on the board. It took 67 seconds for Northeast-10 all-rookie selection Victoria Antonino to find the back of the net on a feed from Olivia Czavar. Adelphi struck again in the eighth minute as Aimee Goldstein beat goalkeeper Nicole Augustine. Antonino set up the goal.
Nearly 10 minutes later Czavar increased the margin to 3-0 after firing a 20-yard shot from the right side, her ninth goal of the season.
Before the half was over, Adelphi tacked on a fourth goal with help from their counterparts. The Mavericks misplayed the ball in their defensive third for an own goal as Adelphi led 4-0 at the break.
Kelsey Simpson put the icing on the cake with her second goal of the season in the second half, sealing Adelphi's first NCAA tournament win since 2004.
The Panthers outshot their the former East Coast Conference rivals, 22-7, as well as holding a 6-2 corner kick advantage. Goalkeeper Sam Whitney, who made three saves, recorded her seventh shutout of season.