(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's soccer team advanced to the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Championship, posting a, 2-1, win over visiting Johns Hopkins, in the first round of the tournament.
The #4-seeded Red Devils, ranked 23rd in the latest D3soccer.com national poll, will travel to Haverford College on Saturday to face the 'Fords in the second match at approximately 1:30 pm.
The Red Devils struck quickly on a beautiful build out of the midfield. Sophomore Isaac Pitkow (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington) found the back of the net, just 1:19 into the contest. He was assisted by classmate Alfred Hylton-Dei (Geneva, Switzerland/Mercersburg Academy, Pa.) and senior Jamie Martin (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) to put Dickinson on the board early.
The lead was short-lived, however, as a miscue in the defensive third put the ball on the foot of Kenny DeStefano (Broomall, Pa/Malvern Prep) with virtually an open net. DeStefano checked back on a Red Devil free kick and right into the path of the ball to pull the Blue Jays even, just over three minutes later.
Junior Drew Carneal (Woodbine, Md./Sandy Spring Friends) came through big with a long strike into the upper corner of the net, with 8:37 remaining in the half. Carneal launched a rocket from well outside the penalty area to put the Devils up, 2-1, with what would prove to be the game-winner.
The Red Devils were able to dodge some dangerous attacking runs by Hopkins in the second half. The Blue Jays used an aerial assault as they looked to drop long serves into the penalty area. First-year goaltender Jeremy Palcan (Park Ridge, Ill./St. Ignatius Prep) turned in an outstanding performance in the nets, making eight saves on the night.
The Blue Jays battled throughout the match, holding a 17-11 advantage in shots and a 7-5 edge in corners. Hopkins finishes the season 7-8-3 overall. Junior goaltender, Nick Cerrone (Summit, N.J./Delbarton), made one save on the night.
The Red Devils improve to 13-4-1 on the season. They travel to Haverford for a 1:30 kick-off on Saturday. #2-Swarthmore College will square-off against #3-seed, Franklin & Marshall in the other semifinal, at 11:00 am. The winners will advance to Sunday's championship match at Haverford with the opening kick-off scheduled for 1:00 pm.