Regis Wins in PKs to face Daniel Webster in the NECC Men's Soccer Championship Sunday

Regis Wins in PKs to face Daniel Webster in the NECC Men's Soccer Championship Sunday

Attleboro, Mass. - Top seeded Daniel Webster College had a big game offensively to beat fifth seeded Elms College 5-0 in their semifinal action. The Eagles will face second seeded Regis College who earned the semifinal victory over sixth seeded Newbury College. The Pride earned the victory by way of penalty kicks. 

The NECC Champioship will be played at Daniel Webster College on Sunday November 6th at 1:00 p.m.

#1 Daniel Webster 5, #5 Elms 0 

Nashua, N.H. - The Daniel Webster men's soccer team will get one final chance to go out on top Sunday.

Backed by two goals from sophomore Kevin Herrera and another two off the bench from rookie Matt Latsha, the top-seeded Eagles whitewashed fifth-seeded Elms in the first semifinal of the 2016 NECC Championship Tournament Friday at Eagle Field.

The Eagles (12-5-3), now winners of five straight and 8-1-1 over their last ten, advance to their third straight NECC championship game appearance this Sunday where they face either second-seeded Regis or sixth-seeded Newbury. The game at Eagle Field is set tentatively for 1:00 p.m.

Daniel Webster will be seeking its fifth title overall since 2009 in this, their final season as a program. DWC has won championships in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015.

Elms ended its season 5-14-1 overall. Donald Whittle and Babba Jaden played well with Whittle racking up eight shots (4 on goal) while Jaden posted four shots (two goal).

The game was much more evenly played than the final score, as Elms pushed and controlled the tempo numerous times, especially over the first half of the opening frame as well as during a handful of stints in the second half. The teams finished tied in overall shots (19-19) with DWC having a tiny advantage on goal (10-9). The teams were virtually tied in fouls (7-6 Elms) while DWC doubled up the Blazers on corners (8-4).

Cooper Hall finished with nine stops for his NECC-best seventh shutout of the season while Tyler Graves made five saves for Elms.

Elms posted a 14-8 total shots advantage in the first half and tested Hall six times but had nothing to show for it and instead DWC pick up two key strikes on six shots over that first 45:00.

Herrera, in fact potted the first Eagle shot on goal 11:41 in, redirecting a Matheus de Farias (Lowell, Mass.) cross from the right corner into the low right corner past Graves for the early advantage.

Elms pressed again getting three shots on Hall but DWC again broke through in the 27th as Ian Hutchinson took an Alex Carvajal pass down the right side then cut hard to the left sending a shot high to the far left corner. The ball instead nicked off a Blazer defender past Graves for a 2-0 game.

Latsha would net his first of the season in the 68th with a nasty 20-yard laser from just above the penalty box semicircle that started off a Jimmy Brophy feed for a 3-0 advantage and Herrera iced it with his second knocking in a defensive misplay from 10 yards in front in the 73rd for his team-leading eighth of the year.

Latsha closed it out with 53 seconds left off a Marcos Vieira Filho pass for the 5-0 final.

Courtesy of Daniel Webster Athletics Communications.

#2 Regis 1, #6 Newbury (Regis won in pks)

WESTON, Mass. - For the first time in program history, the Regis (Mass.) men's soccer team has advanced to the New England Collegiate Conference Championship, as the team defeated Newbury College 2-1 in penalty kicks on Friday night in the conference semifinals.

With the win, the Pride improves to 11-7-1 on the season, while Newbury's season comes to a close with a final record of 11-9-1.

Newbury senior defender Prince Boateng opened the scoring for the Nighthawks in the 21st minute with his second goal of the season. Off a Nilton De Andrade corner kick, the senior got his head to the aerial cross and banked the ball off the far post and into the net past Regis goalkeeper Manny Santiago to make the score 1-0.

The Nighthawks' one-goal lead did not last long, as the Pride found the equalizing tally just under five minutes later. Regis sophomore Derek Triana ran onto a through ball off the foot of teammate David Venegas and broke in on a semi-breakaway down the left side. The sophomore made no mistake, tucking the ball past an on-charging goalkeeper Jarrod Smith and into the bottom right corner of the net to even the score.

Both teams had glorious chances to take the lead throughout the remainder of regulation, but neither could find the go-ahead goal. Newbury's best chance came in the 65th minute, when senior forward Ethan Forrest chipped the ball past Santiago on a breakaway, but Regis defender Emiky Pires cleared the ball off the goal line to preserve the tie. 

Regis had their best opportunity to take a late lead in the 79th minute. On a scramble in front of the net, the ball bounced to junior defender Chris Szarek. Szarek had a point blank chance from in close on the left hand side of the box, but Smith came up with a clutch save to keep the score even and send the game to overtime.

In the penalty kick shootout, all four Regis shooters - Triana, Venegas, Collin Thurston and Brendan Placzynski - found the back of the net, but in the second round Santiago came up with a huge save on De Andrade to give the Pride the advantage. On a must-score in the fourth round, Forrest sent his shot sailing over the top of the net to secure the win for the Pride.

Santiago made four saves on the evening to earn his 11th victory of the season. Newbury's Smith stopped six shots for the Nighthawks in the losing effort.

Courtesy of Regis Athletics Communications.

First Round – Tuesday, November 1st

Game 1: #5 Elms 2, #4 Mitchell 0
Game 2: #6 Newbury 4, #3 Lesley 2

Semifinals – Friday, November 4th

Game 3: #1 Daniel Webster 5, #5 Elms 0 
Game 4: #2 Regis 1, #6 Newbury 1 (Regis won in pks)

Championship – Sunday, November 6th

Game 5: #2 Regis at #1 Daniel Webster – 1:00 p.m.