Despite scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes to push the match to extra time, the Adelphi men’s soccer team came up short in penalty kicks (5-3) losing to the University of Charleston in the NCAA Division II quarterfinal.
Scoreless through the first 20 minutes, Charleston grabbed the lead in the 22nd minute on a goal from Jermaine Windster. Ten minutes later, the Golden Eagles doubled their lead when Felipe Antonio found the back of the net.
Charleston held the lead through 80 minutes when Federico De Oliveira gave the Panthers life. In the 81st minute, De Oliveira took a long pass from Adelphi goalkeeper Spenser Powell and beat Golden Eagles keeper Paulo Pita.
Two minutes later, a threat in the box from James Thristino (Port Jefferson Station) resulted in a foul on Charleston and an Adelphi a penalty kick. Alejandro Penzini stepped up and converted the attempt to even the score at 2-2.
Despite several opportunities for both teams in extra time, the game remained tied at 2.
During the penalty kick shootout, the Golden Eagles managed to make all five of their attempts while Pita made a stop Adelphi’s first attempt, which would be key in giving Charleston the 5-3 win during the best-of-five format. The Golden Eagles advances to the Semifinal Round in Kansas City for the third straight year.
Pita made eight saves in total through 110 minutes while Powell made 10 stops, including seven in the second period to help keep the Panthers within striking distance. Following the second overtime, Adelphi held a 19-18 shot advantage as well as a lead of 6-4 in corner kicks.
The Panthers concluded the season with two program team records for wins (19) and shutouts (13). It was also the team’s first appearance in the national quarterfinals since 1975. During the playoffs, Adelphi defeated Southern New Hampshire 1-0 and LIU Post 4-0.
Information for this article provided by Adelphi University.