Spartans Bow Out of Playoffs with Outstanding Defensive Performance

Spartans Bow Out of Playoffs with Outstanding Defensive Performance

Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's soccer team lost a hard-fought battle in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference playoffs on Saturday evening, falling to the Medaille Mavericks 1-0 in overtime.

Throughout the game, Medaille dominated possession. The Mavericks were very active in producing wave after wave of attacks at the Spartans defense early with six shots in the first 25 minutes of play. Each of the next five shots in the first half would also come off the feet of Maverick players, but none were threatening enough to beat the D'Youville defense as the two team went into halftime tied 0-0.

Medaille carried over their high level of play into the second half. D'Youville had an early shot in the first two minutes, but it was blocked to eliminate a potential scoring chance. The next 10 shots all came from Medaille, with freshman keeper Kyle Dick (Churchville, NY/Churchville-Chili) remaining active but sharp in net. 

The best chance of the game for the Spartans came in the 74th minute. Medaille's keeper was caught out of net when Hunter Sherman (Lockport, NY/Lockport) shot the ball, but it went just right of goal to keep the game scoreless. In the final 10 minutes of action, Dick made four huge saves to keep the game tied including a full extension save with 0:01 left on the clock to send the first round playoff game to overtime.

Unfortunately for D'Youville, the first shot of overtime from Medaille would end the game. Just 0:51 seconds into overtime, the Mavericks would end the Spartan's season with the game winning goal, advancing on a 1-0 victory.

An incredible performance by the D'Youville defense limited the highest scoring in the AMCC to just one goal. With a career high 13 saves, the freshman keeper put on a show in a statement performance. The starting back line of Josh Hammer (Amherst, NY/Sweet Home), Mike Lekanka (Newfane, NY/Newfane), Aweso Noor (Buffalo, NY/Canisius), AJ Wade (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint), and Matt Davis (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) played yet another game in which they were called upon to lead the team, and they did so. 

Offensively, the Spartans had three total shots to the Maverick's 29. Despite being outshot, D'Youville's defense was played a phenomenal game and kept them in it throughout in a defensive clinic.