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Joe Gannon '06
NESCAC Rookie of the Year Joe Gannon (pictured) notched the game-winner off a cluth feed from senior quad captain Carlo Valdesolo

Jeffs Advance to NCAA Regional Championship with 1-0 Second-Round Win Over SUNY Cortland

November 16, 2002

FROM A ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY RELEASE

CANTON, NY NESCAC rookie of the Year Joe Gannon (Hanson, MA) found the back of the net with just under 20 minutes left in regulation on Saturday to lift the Amherst College men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over SUNY Cortland in the second round of the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament, played at regional host St. Lawrence University. With the win, the Jeffs improve to 13-4-1 and advance to the their first NCAA regional final since 1997, where they'll battle host St. Lawrence Sunday at 1 p.m.

Gannon started the game-winning play on a breakaway, deflecting a low shot off Cortland goalkeeper Ross Morelli. The ball rolled towards the left endline, however, where it was retrieved by senior quad-captain Carlo Valdesolo (Andover, MA), who found Gannon deep in the penalty area for the back-breaking tally.

Cortland appeared to knot the score inside the final minute on a restart, but a Cortland player was called for a foul on Amherst sophomore goalkeeper Dan Glenn (Berkeley, CA) and the goal was nullified.

The Red Dragons had a chance to score on a corner kick in the first half, but Jesse Mankowski's shot toward the near post was saved by an Amherst defender and cleared before Cortland could mount another scoring chance.

Glenn made four saves for his first shutout of the season, while Morelli tallied six for Cortland, which finishes its season at 15-6-1.

Sunday's regional championship game will be Webcast live on the Internet by St. Lawrence University campus radio station WPDM, a link to which can be found on the Amherst Athletics Website, www.amherst.edu/sports.


Saturday, November 16, 2002

 

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Amherst College (13-4-1)

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SUNY Cortland (15-6-1)

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SCORING:
A Joe Gannon (Carlo Valdesolo)

GOALKEEPING:
A Dan Glenn (90:00, 0 GA, 4 saves)
SC Ross Morelli (90:00, 1 GA, 6 saves)