Seahawks grounded in semifinals
SMR graduate Travis nets lone goal to put Mary Washington in CAC final
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.
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.
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.