November 11, 2009

Eliot On the Spot: Kilgore Helps Send #6 Daniel Webster Past #3 Plymouth State And Into ECAC Semis

 

New England Press Release

New England Bracket

Box Score: http://content.dwc.edu/athletics/MensSoccer/Stats09/DWM18.HTM

First Round - Wednesday, November 11
No. 8 Lesley 1 at No. 1 Wentworth 2
No. 7 Norwich 1 at No. 2 Castleton State 2
No. 6 Daniel Webster 3 at No. 3 Plymouth State 3 (DW wins in pks)
No. 5 Anna Maria 3 at No. 4 Westfield State 2

Semifinals - Saturday, November 14 at Wentworth
Wentworth vs. Anna Maria, 12:00 p.m.
Castleton State vs. Daniel Webster, 3:00 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, November 15 at Wentworth
Two Semifinal Winners, TBA

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - For those who have followed the extraordinary exploits of what has become an unforgettable 2009 season for the Daniel Webster College men's soccer program, you've been warned: this team isn't for the faint of heart.

Three days after going overtime to topple Lesley University for their first ever NECC title, the Eagles made more hearts skip a few beats Wednesday, needing four overtimes and then resorting to a sudden death penalty kick in order to upset and oust third-seeded and ECAC tourney veteran Plymouth State in the quarterfinals of the New England championship tournament.

Making their ECAC tourney debut (and first meeting ever) against a Panther program that had reached the invitational 12 times dating back to 1973, the Eagles snatched victory literally from the hands of defeat - this time off the foot of rookie defender Elliot Kilgore (Milford, N.H.).

Kilgore tipped home a loose ball originating off an Alex Jackson (who else?) free kick with just 12 seconds remaining in regulation and the Eagles trailing 3-2. The score was eerily similar to the same strike that senior Andre Garcia had tapped home off a Jackson kick to beat Mitchell in overtime during the regular season and bared a passing resemblance to Jackson's freebie that found the top of rookie Joel Jerrhag's (Ystad, Swe.) head and skipped into the Lynx net for the NECC clincher on Sunday.

But Kilgore didn't stop with just his second goal this season. After the overtimes were exhausted and the teams resorted to penalty kicks - converting all five attempts - sudden death came quickly.

After Plymouth missed on its sixth opportunity, Kilgore promptly buried his chance with the final kick of the night, sending the Eagles onward and the Panthers home.

Jerrhag meanwhile, also contributed to the heroics. The newcomer got the Eagles within striking distance with a solo score with 19:49 remaining in regulation that closed the gap to one after the Panthers seemed to be in control with a 3-1 lead.

DWC continues its best season ever improving to 12-5-1 overall and will move on to face second-seeded Castleton State (11-7-3), 2-1 winners over seventh-seeded Norwich Wednesday.

The Eagles and Spartans will tangle for the first time ever at 3:00 p.m. at top seed and final four host Wentworth, 2-1 winners over No. 8 Lesley Wednesday. The host Leopards will face No. 5 Anna Maria, which ousted No. 4 Westfield State.

Plymouth completed its season at 9-8-1.

The teams traded goals just a minute apart early in the game. Panther freshman Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) put home a rebound off a long shot by senior Amsal Alic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) at 12:05.

DWC caught a break to tie it with an own goal when an errant drop pass from a Panther defender got past the PSU keeper at 13:34.

PSU went ahead 2-1 six minutes later when junior Ryan Joy (Concord, N.H.) fed Semir Mehmedovic (Zvornik, Bosnia) with a nice through ball, and Mehmedovic knocked home his first of two goals in the game. It stayed a 2-1 game through the remainder of the half, despite an 8-4 shot advantage for the hosts.

Mehmedovic worked a give-and-go with Spear 10 minutes into the second half to give the Panthers a 3-1 lead. It was Mehmedovic's team-leading 18th goal of the season and his fifth multi-goal game.

Joe Keene (Bristol, N.H.) finished with eight stops on the night for the Eagles.

Plymouth State had a 7-1 advantage in overtime shots on the way to a 23-11 total for the game, but neither team could score, which set up the penalty kicks and the final outcome.

Story Courtesy of Daniel Webster and Plymouth State Sports Information