November 06, 2017
Newburgh, NY -
Thanks to a late-game goal by Joey Dolan of New Paltz, N.Y., Mount Saint Mary College’s Men's Soccer program secured its second Skyline Conference Championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, November 4 with a 1-0 win over St. Joseph’s College – Long Island.
Dolan, a junior, scored the game-winning goal with less than seven minutes left in regulation play. His 18th marker of the year is a new single season program record for the Mount Knights and he was named the Skyline Conference Championship Most Outstanding Player.
The goal, a free-kick from 35 yards out, broke a scoreless tie in the second half. It also broke Matt Garcia’s (2013) previous single season mark for goals, which was 17.
After falling behind, St. Joseph’s had three corner kicks in the final five-and-a-half minutes, but could not get a shot off. The Golden Eagles’ final attempt came in the 74th minute when a shot by Rayneru Ruiz sailed high.
Mount freshman Tyler Rapp of East Berne, N.Y. finished the day with three saves to earn his 10th win of the season and his seventh shutout. He has not allowed a goal since the Knight’s double overtime 2-1 loss to Old Westbury on October 7.
Steven Deng played a strong game for the Golden Eagles with four saves.
The Knights finished the day with a slim 10-9 edge in overall shots and a 5-3 advantage in shots on goal. Dolan led the Mount with four shots, while Matt Fuge of Avon, Conn. and Fred Stark of Hollis, N.Y. each recorded a pair of attempts. St. Joseph’s controlled corner kicks in the contest 9-4.
The Knights are currently 12-7-0 overall on the season and winners of four straight games.