Soccer (M)

Men's Soccer season ends in shootout loss in regional final

JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Catawba had its 2005 men’s soccer season come to an end with a shootout loss to Carson-Newman in the NCAA II Appalachian Region Championship match on Saturday afternoon at Carson-Newman. The teams battled to a 2-2 draw and the match was settled in penalty kicks with the sixth-ranked Eagles winning 3-1. It is the second time in three seasons that Carson-Newman, now 18-1-2, has advanced to the round of eight. Catawba, ranked 23rd in NCAA II, ends its year at 15-5-2.The two teams battled for the full 120 minutes before the match went to penalty kicks. C-N goalkeeper Tyler Baldock (Surrey, BC, CANADA) had saves on the first two attempts by the Indians. Darrio Carrasco (Andalucia Malaga, SPAIN) provided the clinching penalty kick as the Eagles prevailed 3-1. The Indians wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard first as Gareth Turnbull (Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND) took a kick from Nathan Zuzga (Troy, MI) and punched it in from the left side from 20 yards out to give Catawba a 1-0 lead only 3:47 into the match. The Indians controlled the tempo for most of the first half as they out-shot C-N 7-2 in the first 45 minutes. The Eagles were able to score before the first half ended. Brad Cobbs (Rocky Mount, VA) set up for a free kick and sailed it over the Indians’ defense for a goal at the 22:07 mark. The Indians struck first in the second half when Zuzga scored on a penalty kick at the 49:01 mark. Deaderick found Carrasco for a lead pass for a goal with 70:43 showing on the clock to tie the match at 2-2. The Eagles had three opportunities to score another goal but Kenny Crowe (Reeder, PA) came up big defensively for Catawba. On three separate occasions in the second half, Carrasco appeared to have scored but Crowe kicked the ball out of the net once it had gotten past Indian goal-keeper Dan Fitzgerald (Seaford, DE). The play of the senior defender was nothing new for Catawba head coach Craig Turnbull. “Kenny is a special player, he has been solid for four years. He came through with some team saves when it looked like we might have been beaten. Last summer he worked out with the Chicago Fire and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for him.” Baldock had nine saves for the Eagles. When asked about his stellar play in goal in the penalty kick phase, the Canadian junior said he thought back to a similar situation only eight days ago. “Kenny (Crowe) had a penalty kick against me in the SAC Tournament last week. He went right and I stopped it. I thought he might go left this time and he did. I just went that way. Kenny is such a great player, I tried to anticipate which way he would go.” “We had a simple game plan,” coach Turnbull said.” We wanted to get forward and stretch the defense. I’m just proud of our guys and the good solid game plan they executed today.” Turnbull had high praise for his seniors. “I hate to see Zay-Zay Gilewala (Monrovia, LIBERIA) go. He is a really special player and I think he will have some opportunities down the line. Tyler Kulp (Ephrata, PA) had a good match today just like he did against Tusculum on Thursday. Ryan Frommel (Houston, TX) has been solid as well. I am proud of them and proud of the fact the Catawba soccer has a 95% graduation rate. That speaks highly of them and our program.” The Eagles, who improve to 18-1-2, will face the winner of the SIU-Edwardsville vs. Truman State match next weekend. “This is a really special opportunity for not only our team,” said C-N coach Allan Vital. “But for Carson-Newman College as well. We know it will be a tough game against whoever we play. We will give it our best shot to move on to the Final Four.” Baldock was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Carrasco was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Regional Tournament. Also named to the All-Region team were, from Catawba, Kenny Crowe, Zay-Zay Gilewala, Nathan Zuzga, and Tyler Kulp. Making the team from Carson-Newman were Jussi Wooler, Jason McMillan, Brad Cobbs, Baldock and Carrasco. Ryan Butler and Steven Dolbeer from Tusculum were also named to the All-Regional Tournament team. #23 CATAWBA (15-5-2) 1 1 0 0 - 2 #6 CARSON-NEWMAN (18-1-2) 1 1 0 0 - 2 SCORING SUMMARY C - 3:47 – Gareth Turnbull (Nathan Zuzga) CN - 22:07 – Brad Cobbs C - 49:01 – Nathan Zuzga – PENALTY KICK CN – 70:43 – Dario Carrasco (Daniel Deaderick) PENALTY KICKS CAT – Kenny Crowe – saved CN – Brad Cobbs – MADE CAT – Zay-Zay Gilewala – saved CN – Ranato de Freitas – MADE CAT – Nathan Zuzga – saved CN – Sean Guiseppi – saved CAT – Gareth Turnbull – MADE CN _ Dario Carrasco - MADE Shots at Goal: Catawba 19, Carson-Newman 15 Corner Kicks: Carson-Newman 6, Catawba 4 Goalkeeper Saves: Carson-Newman – Tyler Baldock 9 Catawba – Dan Fitzgerald 5 Offsides: Catawba 8, Carson-Newman 5 Cautions: CN – Cobbs (43’). Guiseppi (89’); C – Zuzga (75’) ATT: 604 #######

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