Stars Top Greenville To Advance To NCAA Second Round
The Dominican University men's soccer team rolled past the Greenville College Panthers on Friday afternoon, topping the Panthers 4-nil in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships.
Freshman #Logan Marvin# (Johnston, Iowa), into the game for just over a minute, notched what proved to be the game-winner in the 24th minute to give the Stars a 1-0 first half advantage. Dominican was all over their opponents from the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) in the first half, ripping 14 shots and putting nine shots on frame. Nathan Haas, the Panthers' senior goalkeeper, kept the Panthers in the match, logging eight first half saves while the Greenville offense managed just two shots.
The score remained 1-0 in the Stars' advantage as Greenville began to press the Stars in the second half, matching Dominican's possession and looking to go forward. In the 68th minute freshman #Ryan Ybarra# (Des Plaines, Ill.), the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) Freshman of the Year, stabilized the Dominican attack and gave the Stars a little breathing room as he notched his team-leading tenth goal of the season to extend the Dominican lead. Ybarra dribbled past a pair of Panther defenders, weaving his way into the 18-yard box before ripping a shot past Haas.
In the 76th minute, the Panthers took down #Edwin Lagunas# (Waukegan, Ill.) as he looked to get dangerous in the offensive third, earning the Stars a restart from 22-yards out and #Andy Lynch# was able to blast a shot through the Greenville wall and inside the near post to put the Stars ahead 3-nil.
Seven minutes later #Lio Tovar# (Cicero, Ill.), a 2010 NSCAA All-America First Teamer, got in on the offensive attack adding an insurance goal, his ninth score of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper #Dan Cimicata# (St. Louis, Mo.) made a save in each half to pick up his eighth shutout of the season.
With the win, the Stars advance to the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships for the fifth consecutive season. On Saturday afternoon, the Stars will matchup against the Hope College Flying Dutchmen who knocked off Thomas More College in game two of the Dominican University Regional. The Stars and Flying Dutchmen met back on September 9 with Dominican emerging with a 2-nil victory. Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 1:00 PM on the Stars' West Campus Field.