Men's Soccer Wins 2nd Game of Pool Play, Comes Up Short Advancing to the USCAA Championship

Men's Soccer Wins 2nd Game of Pool Play, Comes Up Short Advancing to the USCAA Championship

Virginia Beach, VA-  Heading into day 2 of the USCAA National Tournament, Beaver knew they needed to defeat Berkley College New Jersey by a total of 3 goals to advance to the 2019 USCAA Division 2 National Title game.  Even though Beaver controlled the action early, they still fell themselves trailing going into halftime 2-0.  Berkley netted goals at the 25 and 28 minute mark to build the 2 goal lead.

In the second half, Beaver rallied the troops, and mounted a come back.  At the 62 minute mark, Sophomore Danylo Yakymov netted a pentalty kick to put the Lions on the board.  At the 73 minute mark, it was Yakymov again, hitting the back of the net and tieing the game 2-2.  At the 86 minute mark, Senior Romaine Thomas put Beaver up for good, taking a pass from Yakymov and beating the goalie to give Beaver the 3-2 lead.  For the final four minutes, Beaver's defense was tested, but never broke, as the Lions held on for the 3-2 victory.  The win tied Beaver with Johnson and Whales and Berkely at 1-1 in pool play, but did not qualify for the Championship match based on goal diferential.

In the win, Yakymov led the offense with 2 goals, 1 assist, for a total of 5 points in the game.  Sophomore goal keeper Jullian Hauff stopped 6 of 8 shots to earn the win in goal.

Overall it was a successful campaign for the Lions. They finished 14-6, 8-1 in the PSUAC, PSUAC runner's up, USCAA National tournament qualifiers, and earned numerous individual awards.