Under the bright lights of the playoffs the C.W. Post Men’s Soccer team (7-8-2) went head-to-head against ECC rival Dowling College (10-1-5) that ended in a thrilling upset for the Pioneers.
The match was a nail-biter, as even two overtime periods was not enough to decide the outcome. Penalty kicks were needed to see who would advance to the ECC Championship. In the end, Dowling won the match with a 4-2 lead in penalty kicks.
During the first half of play, both teams played exceptional defense and both goalkeepers, Chris Kucera (Dowling) and Marco Jorgensen (C.W. Post), played tremendous, each making several stops in goal.
Midway through the second half, Dowling got on the scoreboard with a goal off a penalty kick from sophomore forward Stefan Draskovic.
The Pioneers fought back as they tied the game with only a few minutes remaining off a penalty kick, which was awarded when Dowling was called for a handball, by sophomore forward Betim Bajrami forcing overtime.
Through the first two overtime periods neither offense could get going forcing the game to be decided in a shootout. Rumen Kerekov was robbed of a goal by Dowling goalie Kucera. Later, William Lindberg also could not connect with his penalty kick as his shot hit off the crossbar.
Dowling freshman back Joseph Henton beat goalie Marco Jorgensen leading to Dowling junior back HYPERLINK “http://www.dowlingathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=1010” Vladimir Milosavljevic’s chance to finish the Pioneers season in one of the most difficult ways possible. Milosavljevic’s shot beat Jorgensen putting an end to the Pioneers season.
In an amazing match-up between fierce rivals, this was a game that proved to be worth the hype. With both squads vying to get to the Championship game, only one could make it there. Unfortunately, Post was on the losing end of a great battle against Dowling, who later in the week defeated the University of Bridgeport 2-1 to become the Champions of the East Coast Conference.