A Closer Look at Stevens Institute of Technology
In its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championships, the Stevens Institute of Technology Ducks have advanced to the national semifinals for the first time in program history. The Ducks are no strangers to success, as an 18-0-3 record in 2006 was followed by a 17-1-3 mark last year. In each impressive season, however, Stevens was edged in penalty kicks in the NCAA Tournament.
The Ducks bring an 18-2-4 record and a seven-game unbeaten streak to the field against Amherst, as they have not lost since Oct. 25, when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Empire 8 rival Ithaca. That loss was avenged in the conference finals, with Stevens earning a 3-0 victory over Ithaca to claim the Empire 8 title. The Ducks’ other loss came at the hands of Swarthmore, a team that Amherst defeated in the NCAA Round of 16.
Stevens kicked off its run at the Final Four with a 1-0 victory over RPI and a 2-0 win over RIC. The Ducks advanced in penalty kicks in the both the Sectional semifinals and finals after hard-fought matches with Johns Hopkins and Middlebury in front of their home crowd.
In the Johns Hopkins penalty-kick round, sophomore Zach Carr made saves on four of the five attempts as Stevens advanced with a slim 2-1 edge. After a 1-1 tie with Middlebury, Carr made two more stops in the penalty kick round as the Ducks advanced, 4-3. Prior to the Sectional finals, Stevens had gone six straight games without surrendering a goal.
The Ducks have outscored opponents 63-10 this year with the best scoring offense and defense in the Empire 8. While Carr has posted 13 shutouts to go along with a 0.41 goals-against average and .870 save percentage, juniors Terrence Johnson and Todd Sheridan have been the two best goal scorers in the conference. Johnson enters the Final Four with 14 goals and seven assists for 35 points, with Sheridan adding 26 points on 11 goals and four assists.
This is the first time in Stevens history a team has advanced to the national semifinals of any NCAA Championship, as the Ducks are looking to bring home the first national title for their school.
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