November 11, 2012
OFF THE EDGE
Saint Francis falls in final on PKs
WEST HAVEN, Conn. Ė Following a 1-1 draw Fairleigh Dickinson edged Saint Francis 6-5 in penalty kicks to claim the Northeast Conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
FDU (9-5-6) got off to a quick start as Nicholas Walker put the Knights up 1-0 in the 10th minute on a header from a corner kick by Jack McVey.
SFU (6-7-7) found the equalizer in the 43rd minute. Nick Kolarac sent a corner kick directly to the head of senior James Price who sent his shot far post to tie the game at one.
Shortly out of the halftime break the Knights came up with a solid chance again off of a corner kick but FDUís Jeffrey Barrenchea was denied on a save by Daniel Valcicak. Valcicak finished the game with three saves.
Perhaps the best chance to win the game outright for the Red Flash came with just under three minutes remaining in the second overtime. SFU drew a foul to set up a corner kick to be taken by Kolarac. From Kolaracís delivery Ryan Byers launched a shot in front of the net that ricocheted off the crossbar. The rebound then came to the foot of Price whose shot sailed just high and landed out of danger.
FDU senior Jack McVey converted his shot for a 1-0 lead. FDU goalkeeper Jacob Lissek made save diving to his left to end the first round.
The Knights could not extend the lead as junior Nicholas Walker missed his shot to the right. The Red Flash then tied it at 1-1.
Over the next four rounds, each team made converted their penalty kicks. In the seventh round, sophomore Nico Wright gave FDU a 6-5 advantage, but Lissek made a dramatic clinching save.
Seniors Daniel Valcicak and James Price, along with sophomore Ryan Byers earned spots on the all-tournament team for their efforts over the weekend.