Postseason Magic Continues, as Sharks Roll to Super Region 2 Title

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. –  And then there were four. Using three goals by three different players in the second half, including the break-through score by Alberto Rentero in the 54th minute, the seventh-seeded Nova Southeastern men’s soccer team continued its magical postseason run, cruising past Auburn Montgomery 3-1 to capture the NCAA Super Region 2 Championship. The Sharks will now advance to the Final Four in Colorado Springs, Colo.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP 
Score: Nova Southeastern 3, Auburn Montgomery 1
Records: Nova Southeastern 17-3-2, Auburn Montgomery 11-5-4
Location: YHC Soccer and Lacrosse Field | Young Harris, Ga.  
Get Social: Twitter & Instagram – @NSU_MSoccer, Facebook – NSU Sharks Men’s Soccer 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Sharks set the tone from the get-go, forcing pressure on the Warhawks backline just moments into the match.
  • The only problem, though, was that AUM keeper Alexander Kraus stood in the way. NSU outshot the Warhawks by a 13-2 margin in the first half, yet was held off the board.
  • Kraus made a finger-tip save in the 32nd minute on a shot attempt by Rentero, and then two more in the 34th minute on back-to-back shots by Nick Brisevac and Tobias Pellio.
  • With the Sharks already in control, momentum shifted even further in their favor in the 40th minute when AUM’s Arnaud Baron was whistled for his second yellow card of the match, resulting in a red card and an automatic ejection.
  • Held off the scoreboard in the opening 45 minutes despite numerous chances, NSU final cashed in in the 54th minute after Aleks Berg played a ball on the ground from right to left into the box, finding Rentero for the one-touch score.
  • Nearly four minutes later, a similar ball was played in, only this time its was Manuel Cukaj linking up with Manu Schwarz to give the Sharks a 2-0 advantage.
  • AUM caught NSU on its heels in the 63rd minute, slipping behind the Sharks defense to cut the margin in half.
  • The hero in NSU’s Sweet 16 victory on Thursday, Michael Lawrence put the finishing touches on Saturday;s match as well, taking a beautiful feed from Henrik Berg in the 76th minute and burying a right-footed strike into the back of the net.

STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • NSU finished with a 23-6 advantage in shots, including 10-4 in shots on goal.
  • NSU keeper Alberto Ciroi recorded three saves in the effort, while AUM’s Kraus registered seven on the day.
  • The Sharks won the corner kick battle by a margin of 9-4.
  • A. Berg collected two assists, moving into a tie with H. Berg for the team lead with five.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Following Saturday’s win, the Sharks are now unbeaten in their last 13 matches, dating all the way back to Oct. 13.
  • Since the start of the SSC Tournament, NSU has outscored its opponents by a combined 17-5 margin.
  • Lawrence has scored four goals over the past five games.
  • Prior to this season, the Sharks had never even qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT  
The remaining field will be reseeded prior to next Thursday’s Final Four round. To stay up-to-date, and for coverage throughout the postseason, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MSoccer.

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