Led by Erin O’Connor’s (Setauket) two goals, the LIU Post women’s soccer team defeated top-seeded Adelphi 3-2 to advance to the NCAA East Regional final for the second time in program history.
With the win the Pioneers improve to 17-3-1, marking the best record in program history, and advances to the third round for the first time in 10 years (2007). The fifth-ranked Panthers complete their 2017 campaign 15-4.
LIU Post scored the match’s opening goal in the 17th minute when Andrea Huntzinger found a streaking O’Connor who one-touched it into the bottom right corner for the 1-0 goal.
Adelphi’s Kerianna Scorce (Massapequa) would draw the hosts back 38 seconds later when she headed a cross for her seventh goal of the season.
O’Connor’s 30th-minute tally — which she converted in front of goal following a cross from Julia Duffy (Oceanside) — again put LIU Post ahead 2-1, and 15 seconds later Huntzinger was left unmarked and buried the ball in the box for her ninth goal of the season.
Short on time, and down 3-1 in the second half, the Panthers pulled within one in the 67th minute when Taylor Sipos (Merrick) played a short ball in the box to a streaking Scorce, who finished low on the right side.
Hillevi Eklow recorded a game-high eight saves in a match that saw her side outshot 18-13. The Pioneers generated more corners (5-1). LIU Post seeks its first East Regional Championship in program history on Sunday, November 19, when they take on Mercy College in an ECC Derby in Dobbs Ferry, NY.