#2 FRANKLIN PIERCE KNOCKS OFF LE MOYNE, 2-0, IN NORTHEAST-10 SEMIFINALS
Rindge, N.H. – Reserve forward Greg Giguere scored with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to lead #2 nationally-ranked and top-seeded Franklin Pierce to a 2-0 win over the fourth-seeded Le Moyne College men's soccer team in the Northeast-10 Conference Championships semifinal on Friday afternoon at Sodexo Field.
After the Ravens took five of the game's first six shots over the opening 41 minutes of the contest, including three shots that needed to be saved by second team all-conference goalkeeper Matthew Silva (Brampton, Ontario/St. Augustine), they scored the only goal they would need. Tom Leaver, who assisted on the game-winning goal in Franklin Pierce's 2-1 win over the Dolphins last Saturday, sent a pass go Giguere at the top left corner of the box, where he drilled a shot out of the air at the 41:07 mark for his fourth goal of the season.
Le Moyne had an opportunity to tie the score 17:48 into the second half, but Northeast-10 Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Vinny Papageorgiou stopped a shot by freshman midfielder Alexander Lautner (Munich, Germany/Theodolinden Gymnasium), which turned out be Le Moyne's first and only shot on goal in the game.
Franklin Pierce, the only undefeated team in the country (18-0-1), doubled its lead at the 74:28 mark as second team all-conference back Daniel Donaldson headed in a shot off a deflected save by Silva for his third goal in two postseason games and sixth of the year.
Silva finished the game with five saves in between the pipes, while Papageorgiou moved ahead of Silva for the conference lead in shutouts with his 10th of the year after needing to make just the one save. The Ravens registered a 15-4 advantage in shots over their visitors, while taking 10 of the game's 11 corner kicks.
Le Moyne, which finished the year with an 11-8-1 record, had its season ended by the Ravens for the fourth time in five years (2007 NCAA First Round, 2008 NCAA First Round, 2010 NE-10 semifinals and 2011 NE-10 semifinals).