Men's Soccer News & Highlights
November 06, 2013
Eagles' Run Stopped by Devils
The fourth-seeded Devils had fewer chances for the match, but senior forward Ryan Hurdes poked home the game-winner in the 54th minute and the FDU defense stood its ground late to secure an appearance in Saturday’s final. Hurdes capitalized after an Eastern turnover in the attacking end was popped forward toward the Eastern box. Chaz Armand touched the ball away from a pair of Eastern backs . Hurdes had the ball on his right foot, took one touch central, and snapped a left footed shot to the lower right corner of the goal for his 19th tally of the year.
The Eagles did not lack for chances early. The best chance of the day for either team came in the eighth minute on a ball crossed into the box after a failed FDU clear. Brandon Reichart put his head to the ball inside the six yard box, but his attempt hit FDU goalkeeper Nick Mihalik and a Devil defender cleared the rebound from danger before an Eastern player could convert the rebound. ben Barnhart came within inches of giving the Eagles a lead in the 32nd minute on a pass from Eric Giovagnoli, but his volley attempt drifted inches wide of the right upright. Giovagnoli also saw a chance go wide in the 39th minute.
Eastern had a 9-5 advantage in shots through the half, but the score remained knotted at 0-0.
After the goal, the Devils dropped even deeper in their defensive end. The Eagles were able to earn restart chances on free kicks and corners, but FDU managed them well, and the Devil back row kept Giovagnoli in wide positions or in front of them. Giovagnoli left the match with injury in the 70th minute. The Eagles were able to string passes together but were unable to find the final pass to create the game-winner. Barnhart had a chance from twenty yards out go over the crossbar in the 85th minute. The Eagles had a corner kick chance in the 89th minute, but John Remsberg’s header slipped just over the crossbar.
With a 14-4-1 mark, the Eagles still hold a glimmer of hope that the NCAA Tournament committee will name them as an at-large selection to the field.
FDU-Florham (11-7-1) will travel to either Misericordia or King’s this Saturday. Misericordia hosts the other semifinal this evening.
Updated: Saturday, 23 November 2013