Late Goal Lifts Penn State Abington to First NEAC Men's Soccer Championship

Late Goal Lifts Penn State Abington to First NEAC Men's Soccer Championship

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – A late goal with less than four minutes in regulation lifted Penn State Abington to a 1-0 victory over SUNY Poly to secure its first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Soccer Championship.

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn State Abington)

Despite outshooting SUNY Poly 20-9, including a 12-2 advantage in the second half, Penn State Abington was unable to break through until the 86th minute when Hernando Villamil (Philadelphia, Pa.) found the top right corner to give the Nittany Lions a late 1-0 lead. Feeling victory within its reach, Penn State Abington was able to keep SUNY Poly off the board for the final three minutes to claim the program’s first NEAC Tournament Title. Villamil was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after his game-winning tally.

Penn State Abington goalkeeper Ty Morris (Flemington, N.J.) made four saves to earn his 12th win of the year. SUNY Poly’s Alexander Gigliotti (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) turned away eight shots in the loss.

SUNY Poly sees its season come to an end with a 11-9 overall record. Penn State Abington improves to 15-6 with the win and earns an automatic berth into the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament. The Nittany Lions will receive their next opponent on the NCAA Selection Show scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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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.