WRITTEN BY PATRICK MCCORMACK
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers men’s soccer team begin their quest to the 2013 NCAA College Cup tomorrow when they take on the # 16 ranked and Big Ten Regular Season Champion Penn State University Nittany Lions, at Jeffrey Field on the Campus of Penn State University in State College, PA, at 7:00 O’clock.
The Terriers finished 12-5-1, and 4-3 in Northeast Conference play. This record got them the fourth and final seed in the conference tournament.
SFBK punched their ticket to the NCAA tournament Sunday with a 3-2 victory over #3 Bryant University in the Northeast Conference Championship game. This is their first appearance in the opening round of the tournament since 1982, a game they lost to Columbia University.
The Terriers are led by NEC Tournament MVP Kevin Correa, who scored four goals in the NEC Tournament, and now has 13 on the season.
Correa said the team just needs to be relaxed and play their game.
“The key things to the game are staying positive and playing calm,not nervous, and keeping the ball,” Corra said.
All- NEC Tournament Team member Gabriel Bagot is second on the team with eight goals.
All-NEC Tournament Team member and Co-Captain senior mid-fielder John Johansson is also an important key to the Terriers success.
Sticking to the game plan is the key to success according to Johansson.
“It’s very important we focus on how we should play and follow our gameplan. The team is very confident after the conference win and we are very excited for the game tomorrow,” Johansson said.
The SFBK defense is anchored by junior All-NEC Tournament Team member and Co-Captain Andy Cormack, who scored the championship clinching goal Sunday.
“We just need to prepare right, eat well tonight, make sure we rest well and get good sleep, then tomorrow because the game is late we need to make sure we hydrate , eat right, and make sure we get mentally prepared for the game. Then as we go over to the field the guys will start going through their own routines,” Cormack said.
All-NEC Tournament Team goalkeeper Jack Binks. Binks was solid in-between the pipes this season with seven shut outs and a goals against average of 0.83.
Binks said the key is staying on page with the defenders in front of him.
“I will get together with the back four and talk about some defensive plays, and just keep relaxed. We know if we do our job that Gabe (Bagot) and Kevin (Correa) will certainly score,”Binks commented.
Penn State finished 11-5-2, and 5-1 in B10 play this season.
The Nittany Lions were 2-1 against Northeast Conference teams this year. Beating Central Connecticut State University and Robert Morris University, and losing to St. Francis University.
Penn State also lost to Navy, a team SFBK beat, 2-1 in a preseason contest.
The winner of this games moves on to face the #10 seed UC Santa Barbara on November 24.