A loss in the final doesn’t keep the Captains from an NCAA hosting opportunity
During a redemption year of sorts for the Men’s team under their new head coach, the Captains sailed to a 13-2-4 season (9-1 in conference) and faced a rematch of the 2017 CAC Final against the Mary Washington Eagles.
Unlike that previous game two years ago, this time the game was neck and neck for the majority of the match. Despite Mary Washington scoring within the first five minutes of the game off a header from #10 Gabriel Soriano, Christopher Newport was able to match it just before the 11-minute mark from the foot of #7 Justin Wilson.
Although the game would remain scoreless for the next 99 minutes of regulation and overtime play, neither team let off the gas. Scoring opportunities were few and far between, and the two defenses of each team ensured the tie game finish. To determine the CAC Champion, the game went to a penalty kick shootout.
Hopes were high for the Captains, who were trying to overcome a shootout loss streak that extends to 2007. Their luck would finally run out, however, as #29 Will Collins’ final shot ringing off the crossbar brought heartbreak to the home team.
The Captains earn the right to host Eastern, Swarthmore and Roanoke this weekend at Captain’s Field, kicking off against Eastern in the round of 64 and hoping to make a deep run in the tournament.
With Johns Hopkins, Catholic or Connecticut College in their future if they survive the round of 32, the Captains will need to rely on a little more of that Chezem magic in his first NCAA appearance as head coach.
~Matthew Scherger, Editor-in-Chief~