Penn State Abington, SUNY Poly to Meet for NEAC Men's Soccer Championship

Penn State Abington, SUNY Poly to Meet for NEAC Men's Soccer Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Two teams remain after the conclusion of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Soccer Semifinals, hosted Saturday at Penn State Abington.

No. 1 Penn State Abington will host No. 2 SUNY Poly Sunday at 1 p.m. for the NEAC Championship. The winner of Sunday’s contest will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Game 1: No. 4 Penn College 0, No. 1 Penn State Abington 3

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn State Abington)

Just over two minutes into the first NEAC Semifinal matchup, Penn State Abington’s Michael Albers (Sothampton, Pa.) scored on a header and the Nittany Lions never looked back en route to a 3-0 win over Penn College. Later in the first half, Sebastian Krysztofowicz (Doylestown, Pa.) doubled the lead as Penn State Abington went into the half up 2-0. Chrs Schlegel (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out the scoring when his shot deflected off a defender to lock up the Nittany Lions’ sixth shutout of the season. Penn State Abington improves to 14-6 overall while Penn College closes out its season with a 8-12-1 mark.

Game 2: No. 3 Lancaster Bible 1, No. 2 SUNY Poly 2 (OT)

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Lancaster Bible)

SUNY Poly rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Lancaster Bible, 2-1, in overtime to secure the Wildcats a spot in the NEAC Championship game. Lancaster Bible’s Edward Bills (York, Pa.) scored at the 33:13 mark of the first half to give the Chargers a 1-0 lead that would hold until the 77th minute. SUNY Poly’s Amadou Ndiaye (Harlem, N.Y.) evened the score with an unassisted goal and sent the game to extra time. Austin Plows (Edmeston, N.Y.) played the role of hero as his goal at the 97:14 mark lifted the Wildcats to victory. SUNY Poly pushed its record to 11-8, while Lancaster Bible’s season comes to a heartbreaking end with a 10-10-2 overall record.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.