Sharks’ Memorable Run Ends in Final Four

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  A season that featured numerous program firsts, including the very first Sunshine State Conference Tournament title and the very first NCAA Tournament berth, the Nova Southeastern men’s soccer team had its memorable season come to a close in the Final Four on Thursday, falling 3-1 in penalty kicks to top-seeded California State Los Angeles.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP 
Score: Cal State Los Angeles 0, Nova Southeastern 0 (Cal State LA Advances 3-1 in PKs)
Records: Cal State Los Angeles 17-2-3, Nova Southeastern 17-3-3
Location: Weidner Field | Colorado Springs, Colo.  
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HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • The Golden Eagles proved pretty early on that they were going to be content sitting in defensively, forcing the Sharks to earn each and every attacking opportunity.
  • NSU keeper Alberto Ciroi made the first of his four saves on the night in the 10th minute.
  • With a handful of shot attempts already under their belt, the Sharks pushed forward again in the 17th minute, only for Michael Lawrence’s chance to sail high.
  • NSU held Cal State LA without a single shot for the final 35:33 of the half, yet entered the locker room knotted at 0-0 following Odei Arrieta’s high attempt in the closing minutes.
  • The Sharks forced more pressure at the start of the second half, tallying three shots in a span of 4:53. Tobias Pellio’s attempt was saved, however, while both Arrieta and Tino Miguez missed off target.
  • The Golden Eagles nearly snuck one past the NSU defense, though, in the 68th minute when a Ryan Candelario shot struck the crossbar and bounced straight down before being sent off the line. Upon video review, the call was confirmed that the shot did not clear the goal line.
  • A second crossbar strike went in favor of the Sharks in the 81st minute, keeping the match still tied 0-0.
  • Pellio had another shot drift high in the 88th minute, as both sides soon headed to extra time.
  • NSU outshot Cal State LA by a 4-0 margin in the first OT, with Henrik Berg’s strike in the 94th minute nearly putting the match to bed.
  • Ciroi showed up in crunch time, notching three saves in the second OT.
  • Aleks Berg was turned away by Golden Eagles keeper Alvaro Unanua in the 105th minute, with Matty Cornish narrowly missing wide right following a relatively clean look in the 108th.
  • In penalty kicks, Ciroi stoned the first two he saw, as Pellio found the back of the net to give the Sharks the early edge.
  • However, the momentum would instantly shift, with NSU’s ensuing three attempts stopped before the Golden Eagles came away with the 3-1 penalty kick advantage.

STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • The shot totals finished 19-10 in favor of the Sharks.
  • NSU also won the corner kick battle, 4-3.
  • Cornish and Pellio each registered a game-high four shots.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • NSU closes the year with a record of 17-3-3, marking the program’s single-season record for wins.
  • The Sharks went unbeaten away from home, combining for a record of 11-0-1 in road and neutral-site games.

UP NEXT  
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