Elizabethtown Downs Ephs 2-1 in NCAA First Round Game

Demian Gass '20
Demian Gass '20

CORTLAND, NY – Elizabethtown's Jorge Sanchez wove his way past two Williams defenders and slid the ball under Williams goalie Aaron Schein at 55:38 to break a 1-1 tie and provide the game-winner as Elizabethtown (11-4-4) downed Williams (10-6-3) 2-1 to advance to the NCAA Second Round tomorrow.

Elizabethtown will play host SUNY Cortland at 5:00 PM tomorrow.

Williams opened the scoring in the contest when Andrew Mathew launched a thrown in 30 yards out to he left of Elizabethtown goalie Brian Gately. The first of three consecutive Eph headers off the throw in came from Will Felitto who flicked the ball to Chris Fleischer who flicked the ball onto the on rushing Demian Gass who headed home the goal. The Gass tally came at 21:29.

The Eph lead held up for 20 minutes until the Blue Jays' Gilbert Waso tied the game at 41:29. The Waso goal came after a ball was sent into box and bounced off several players until it came to Waso about nine yards out to the right of Eph goalie Aaron Schein. Waso one-timed a shot that hit the left post. The ball caromed directly back to Waso and this time he struck a shot past Schein inside the left post.

After the first 45 minutes of play both teams had recorded three shots on goal and both the Eph goalie Aaron Schein and the Blue Jays' Brian Gately notched two saves. Elizabethtown held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Williams threatened in the 61st minute when Justin Adams got a good look from the top of the box and ripped a shot on goal, but Gately was on it and caught the ball against his chest. Waso nearly made it 3-1 Elizabethtown in the 77th minute with a header that was just wide to the right. Moments later the Ephs' Scatt Macdonald blistered a direct kick on goal from about 33 yards out to the left of Gately, but the shot went just over the crossbar.

In the 79th minutes the Ephs' Demian Gass collected a loose ball in the box, but his shot from six yards away was blocked. In the 88th minute the Ephs' Bobby Fabricant tried to re-direct a rebound, but his attempt went just wide on the right side

Both teams had nine shots in the second half and the Blue Jays had two corner kicks, while Williams had one. Brian Gately made five saves on the night and allowed one goal to secure the win. Williams goalie Aaron Schein made four saves and allowed two goals.