NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Husson University men’s soccer team pulled off an exciting ECAC quarterfinal win over Norwich on Wednesday afternoon, taking the game 4-2 on penalty kicks.
Husson advances to the ECAC final four weekend, where it will take on No. 1-seeded Roger Williams. Roger Williams defeated eighth-seeded Lesley 2-0 and will host the Eagles in the semifinals at noon.
Norwich (11-5-4) battled Husson (15-5-1) to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes with each team tallying a goal in the second half. Husson got on the board first when senior midfielder James Crockford placed a well struck ball off the right post and into the net from 23 yards out at the top of the 18-yard box to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute. Phil Frost picked up the assist on the goal.
The Cadets scored the equalizer in the 77th minute when senior Colin Pope finished off a crossing pass from junior forward Joe Young by heading the ball into the back of the net from point blank range.
Husson goalkeeper Brian Potter made numerous fantastic saves to keep the Eagles in the match. He finished the day with 10 saves.
In the penalty kicks, Husson converted on all four of its chances while Norwich scored on just two. Frost, Zach Emeigh, Stephen Berenyi, and Chris DelGiudice all converted successfully for the Eagles. Young and Mike Ravenelle made their shots for the Cadets.
Norwich outshot Husson 28-16 for the game, including seven to two in the 20 minutes of overtime. The Cadets also earned 12 corner kicks to Husson’s four.