Sea­hawks grounded in semi­fi­nals

SMR grad­u­ate Travis nets lone goal to put Mary Washington in CAC fi­nal

The Enterprise - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

Colin Travis re­turned home on Wednesday and scored the only goal of the game to help Univer­sity of Mary Washington (Va.) slip past host St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land in a Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence men’s soc­cer tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal.

Travis buried a penalty kick in the 34th minute to send the third-seeded Ea­gles into Satur­day’s con­fer­ence ti­tle game against top-seeded Christo­pher New­port Univer­sity (Va.), which ad­vanced fol­low­ing a 3-0 win Wednesday over Sal­is­bury Univer­sity. The Cap­tains are look­ing to re­peat af­ter a 1-0 win over Mary Washington on last year’s fi­nal.

“It feels great,” said Travis, a se­nior de­fender who grew up in Leonard­town and grad­u­ated from St. Mary’s Ryken in 2014. “It was a tough game all the way through and we hap­pened to get the call and the goal to­day. It could have gone ei­ther way, but to­day we were on top.”

The Ea­gles (14-4-1 over­all), who de­feated Frost­burg State Univer­sity in a first-round game Satur­day, fell 2-0 to St. Mary’s on Oct. 18.

“I think it was so evenly matched, but we were try­ing to do some things and get be­hind them,” said Mary Washington head coach Jason Kilby, whose squad has won its last three games and 10 of its last 12, “but they did a great job of do­ing the same thing and it came down to the PK.”

The sec­ond-seeded Sea­hawks (11-7), who re­ceived a first-round bye, had won eight of their last 10 games go­ing into Wednesday’s match.

“I thought we cre­ated chances, but the ball didn’t fall to us in the spots we wanted and in games like this it turns on lit­tle chances in there and un­for­tu­nately we didn’t get one in the back of the net,” St. Mary’s head coach Alun Oliver said. “It’s just one of those things. It’s a funny game, but I thought we played well. I can’t ask for any­thing else from the boys to be hon­est with you.”

“First of all, they have a very ta­lented team, very or­ga­nized and well coached and I re­spect Alun tremen­dously,” Kilby said of the Sea­hawks. “I’ve known him for a num­ber of years, so we know ev­ery time we come here it’s go­ing to be a good bat­tle be­cause [we’re] two good qual­ity teams.”

Travis, who used to watch St. Mary’s Col­lege soc­cer games as a young­ster, was awarded the penalty kick fol­low­ing a push in the back in the box and made no mis­take as he fired a laser past Sea­hawks goal­keeper Zack Haus­sler (6 saves).

“I knew where I was go­ing right when I stepped up and I just did what I’ve been trained to do,” Travis said. “I had com­plete con­fi­dence. Any one of my team­mates would have buried it as well.”

“Colin’s done a great job and he’s had a good four years for Mary Washington,” said Oliver, who had tried to re­cruit the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder. “He chose Mary Wash­ingto,n but

I’m happy for him. He’s a lo­cal guy do­ing well and I wish him all the best.”

Travis said he also en­joyed the trip back to South­ern Mary­land.

“It was a great feel­ing driv­ing on [Route] 243 through [South­ern Mary­land] and see­ing all the old sights,” he said.

St. Mary’s had nu­mer­ous chances in the sec­ond half. In the 46th minute, Brad Moore set­tled a ball in the box, but his shot just grazed the left post and Alle­san­dro Burlew’s off-bal­ance shot six min­utes later af­ter a run down the right side sailed wide.

Haus­sler kept his team in the game when he man­aged to tip a hard liner just over the bar in the 51st minute and re­ceived help sev­eral min­utes later when de­fender An­drew Kali­noski, a Patux­ent High School grad­u­ate from Lusby, cleared a loose ball with Haus­sler out of the play.

St. Mary’s, which reached 10 wins for the third time over the last four years, will lose 10 se­niors to grad­u­a­tion.

“It’s a dis­ap­point­ment [to­day], but I’m proud of ev­ery one of them,” Oliver said. “We took some steps go­ing for­ward and it was a re­ally good achieve­ment to get sec­ond and a home play­off semi­fi­nal. Not what we wanted ob­vi­ously to end with, but we’ve got some re­ally good young ta­lented guys com­ing through and play­ing con­sis­tently so the fu­ture’s bright for sure.”

SMCM women lose

The St. Mary’s Col­lege women’s soc­cer team lost 3-0 to Christo­pher New­port in the CAC tour­na­ment semi­fi­nals on Wednesday night in New­port News, Va.

Christo­pher New­port (17-0- 1) scored all three goals ver­sus fourth-seeded St. Mary’s in the sec­ond half to ad­vance to Satur­day’s cham­pi­onship game against sec­ond-seeded Frost­burg State, a 1-0 win over third-seeded Sal­is­bury on Wednesday.

The Sea­hawks (6-9-4), who de­feated fifth-seeded Mary Washington 3-0 in the first round on Satur­day, were out­shot by Christo­pher New­port 29-2, 10-1 in shots on goal.

St. Mary’s se­nior goal­keeper Syd­ney Larkin, the CAC women’s soc­cer de­fen­sive player of the week for the week end­ing Oct. 30, made seven saves in the loss.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

St. Mary’s goal­keeper Zack Haus­sler goes air­borne to tip a shot just over the cross­bar in the sec­ond half of Wednesday’s Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal against Mary Washington. Haus­sler made six saves as the Sea­hawks fell 1-0.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY MICHAEL REID

Mary Washington’s Colin Travis, a St. Mary’s Ryken High School grad­u­ate from Leonard­town, who scored the game’s only goal, goes for the loose ball as St. Mary’s Col­lege’s Juwan Kear­son loses his bal­ance dur­ing Wednesday’s Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal con­test. Mary Washington won 1-0.

St. Mary’s An­drew Bat­tin, front, shields Mary Washington’s Joe Hatcher from the ball dur­ing Wednesday’s Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence tour­na­ment semi­fi­nal con­test. Mary Washington won 1-0.

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