Who: #3 D'Youville (6-10-2, 5-2-2) at #2 Mount Aloysius (13-2-2, 7-1-1)
What: AMCC Playoffs - Semi-Finals
Where: Cresson, PA / Ray and Louise Walker Athletic Field Complex
When: Wednesday, October 31 - 5:00pm
Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's soccer team conquered the Franciscan Barons in the AMCC quarter-finals on Saturday afternoon, shutting them out 2-0 and advancing to the AMCC semi-finals this Wednesday.
D'Youville, the third overall seed in the AMCC playoffs, pounced early on the sixth seeded Barons. Makenna Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) scored just 1:43 into the game for an early 1-0 lead. Then in the sixth minute, Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) scored a goal of her own off a Kaylee Heschke (Newfane, NY/Newfane) for a quick 2-0 lead.
Behind her outstanding defense, Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made four saves for her seventh shutout of the season. The back line of Dominique Riforgiato (Fredonia, NY/Fredonia), Mags Magee, Isabella Lucania (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder), Anna Hayes (Hamburg, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy), and Cassandra Brooks (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) were solid throughout the game, helping to keep the Barons off the scoreboard.
Outside of one game, the Spartans allowed just two goals in conference play this season. Each of the team's wins this season have come via shutout while the team's offense has been extremely efficient and have capitalized on their scoring opportunities. Makenna Magee leads the way with five goals while Brittany Cristofanelli (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield), Magan Magee, and Jamiliah McBryde (Buffalo, NY/Erie CC) each have two.
In their first meeting this season, the Mounties bested the Spartans 1-0 at Dobson Field. The lone goal of the game came off a free kick outside the Spartan's box that found its way through the defense. Dulniak made 14 saves in the game with Cristofanelli leading the team in shots with two.
Aloysius has a very balanced team with 18 goals for and six goals against. Their one loss came against the top seeded Penn State-Behrend Lions as they were consistently at the top of the conference throughout the season. The Mounties lost their final two games of the season but were undefeated in their previous 12 games this season.
Four Mounties have recorded four or more goals this season with one player tallying nine and another six. Their starting goalkeeper has allowed just 11 goals in all competitions with seven shutouts, 12 wins, and 55 saves.
The winner of Wednesday's game will go on to face the winner of #5 Penn State-Altoona vs. #1 Penn State-Behrend this Saturday, November 3 in the AMCC Championship Game.