CHAMPS! Men's Soccer Wins First NEAC Title

CHAMPS! Men's Soccer Wins First NEAC Title

NEAC Championship Game

Penn State Harrisburg 3, Keuka 2 (2OT)


Harrisburg Starters

Guglielmetti, Gahomera, Jones, Brewer, Aman, Nichik, Velasco, Zagorski, Krantweiss, Gartley, Myers


Keuka Starters

Mavertish, Miller, Sey, Millard, McKeown, Spurgeon, Tuyishimire, Callery, Rutan, Burns, Card


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg won its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Championship in thrilling fashion when Joey Aman buried the game-winning goal in the 107th minute to defeat Keuka 3-2 in double overtime at Nittany Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 10.


With the score tied late in the second extra session, Luke Myers won a ball near midfield and played it to Aman sprinting towards the right corner. He corralled the ball, gathered his own blocked shot and lofted a ball over the outstretched right arm of goalkeeper Ryan Mavretish to clinch the conference title and send the Lions (15-5-1) into a celebratory frenzy.


The Blue & White trailed as late as the 78th minute but Mason Jones hammered home the equalizer following a free kick from Myers near midfield in the waning minutes of the second half.


After falling behind in the first half, the Wolves (9-10-1, 6-5) scored back-to-back goals in the span of 33 seconds to pull ahead and swing the momentum to the side of the visitors. Chris Millard netted a pretty marker from just inside the midfield stripe in the 32nd minute and Samba Doukhansy netted the go-ahead tally moments later.


After nearly 30 minutes of scoreless soccer, Toma Nichik opened the contest's scoring with a header off a penalty corner insertion from Myers and a header flick from Aman at the 29:52 mark.


Inside the Numbers

- Penn State Harrisburg's conference championship is the first in program history.

- The victory was the team's 15th of the year – a new program single-season record.

- The Lions racked up 19 total shots. Keuka had 10 attempts.

- The Wolves put seven shots on frame. The Blue & White had six shots on goal.

- Joey Aman's goal was his 12th overall and his fifth game winner of his season.

- Toma Nichik's marker was his fifth of the fall.

- Mason Jones' goal is his second of the year.

- Nicholas Guglielmetti made five stops in goal for Penn State Harrisburg.

- Keuka goalkeeper Ryan Mavretish made three saves on the day.


Tournament MVPs

Penn State Harrisburg players Joey Aman and Mason Jones were named co-most valuable players of the 2019 NEAC Championship Tournament.


Who's Next?

The Lions will await the announcement of their first-round matchup in the upcoming NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. The complete field will be unveiled at on Monday at 1:30 p.m.


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