Penn State Abington, Lancaster Bible Advance to NEAC Men's Soccer Final

Penn State Abington, Lancaster Bible Advance to NEAC Men's Soccer Final

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Abington and Lancaster Bible won their respective semifinals on Saturday to advance to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s Soccer Championship Game on Sunday.

Penn State Abington will serve as the host for Sunday’s NEAC Championship Game against Lancaster Bible. Game time is set for 1 p.m. with the winner earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Tournament.

Game 1: No. 5 SUNY Cobleskill 2, No. 1 Penn State Abington 3

Boxscore

An evenly-matched first half led to a scoreless game at halftime with each side having six shots apiece. Finally in the 55th minute, SUNY Cobleskill was the first to strike on a goal from Khadim Diba (Manhattan, N.Y.) but Penn State Abington’s offense kicked in to gear two minutes later with a goal from Sean Seidenburg (Rockledge, Pa.). The Nittany Lions continued to apply the pressure to the Fighting Tigers, adding goals from NEAC Player of the Year Jose Palomeque (Upper Dublin, Pa.) and Jaden Truskey (Ephrata, Pa.) to take a 3-1 lead with 19 minutes to play. The Fighting Tigers continued to battle, making it a one-goal game with 15 minutes left in regulation on an unassisted goal by Chris Gardener (Hudson, N.Y.) but the clock ran out before they could net the equalizer. The win brings Abington to 13-5-1 on the year while SUNY Cobleskill’s run ends at 9-10-2 overall.

Game 2: No. 6 Penn College 1, No. 2 Lancaster Bible 4

Boxscore

Lancaster Bible tallied two goals in each half en route to a 4-1 win over Penn College in the NEAC Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. Joel Hughes (Sewell, N.J.) got the Chargers on the board off an assist from Jared Jordan (Lancaster, Pa.) at 16:07 before Rama Mugisha (Lititz, Pa.) made it 2-0 at 32:38 to round out the scoring in the first half. Lancaster Bible extended the lead to 4-0 on goals from Chad Tolson (Perry Hall, Md.) and James Ludovic (Sunrise, Fla.) in the second half before Penn College ended any chances of a shutout with a goal from Collin Klinger (Dornsife, Pa.) at 82:32. Penn College bows out of the tournament with a 7-8-3 overall record. With the win, Lancaster Bible improves to 12-6-1 on the year.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, Morrisville State, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.