Nashua – Junior Ari Sinanis's (Guilford, Conn.) penalty kick with just over 31 minutes remaining in regulation snapped a 1-1 tie and NECC scoring leader Ali Sozeri (Istanbul, Turkey) added an insurance tally with 22 minutes to go as third-seeded Lesley downed second-seeded and host Daniel Webster, 3-1 in a New England Collegiate Conference men's soccer semifinal at bluster Eagle Field Friday.
The Lynx (14-4-1), now winners of seven of their last eight and eight of their last 10, advance to the NECC title game for the first time since 2009 and will seek their first championship when they visit top-seed Southern Vermont, 4-1 winners over Elms in Friday's other semifinal. The championship is slated for Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Lesley jumped ahead in the 12th minute as Christian Domingo (Granada Hills, Cal.) redirected Ryan Rodgers' free kick with a header that just nicked past Eagle keeper Jo Keene (Bristol, N.H.).
The Eagles (9-6-2) answered with an almost identical play to tie it with 16 seconds to go before the half as Elliot Kilgore's header redirected Alex Jackson's (Kent, Ohio), free kick and the teams went to the break tied at one.
Max Perkins (Lexington, Mass.) made nine saves for the Lynx, to successfully outduel Keene, who made five stops, in a matchup of the two goalkeepers in the conference.
DWC finished with a 10-8 advantage in shots on goal (15-13 overall) but struggled to finish, going 0-for-10 on corner kicks, while Lesley earned none.