For the fourth consecutive season, LIU Post’s men’s soccer team is the best of the East Coast Conference.
The Pioneers completed its four-peat with a 2-0 win against top seed Mercy College at Mercy Field. While the team added another award to an already crowded trophy case, the championship was the first for rookie head coach Michael Mordocco.
Two familiar names were the center of attention again for the Pioneers. With neither team able to find the back of the net in the first half, LIU Post broke through in the 57th minute. Freshman Atha Coutroumpas floated a ball over Mercy’s back line. Graduate student Lukas Ostermann ran down the ball and calmly touched a shot past the charging Maverick goalkeeper for the opening goal. The tally was Ostermann’s 23rd of the season.
For the next 26 minutes, the Pioneers’ defense stepped up to keep Mercy off the board. Its backbone all season long, goalkeeper Oliver Hessner Hansen, was once again solid making three saves.
The victory was sealed in the 83rd minute when senior Vittorio Argeri placed a free kick into the penalty area that deflected into the back of the net to give the Pioneers a two-goal lead.
With 10 total saves and 200 scoreless minutes in goal during the postseason, the ECC awarded Hessner Hansen the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.
In addition to the ECC title, LIU Post captures the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Division II championship. The NCAA will reveal the 38-team field for the 2018 championship on Monday at 6 p.m. Opening rounds of the national tournament are scheduled to begin on Thursday, November 8.