How PC became the Big South team competing for the D1 Men's Soccer National Championship
TODAY -- UPDATE: Thursday night, the Presbyterian College Blue Hose will be playing the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in their first Division I NCAA Soccer Tournament.
It is their second NCAA Tournament trip as they played USC Spartanburg, now USC Upstate, in the 1995 Division II NCAA Tournament.
Who: Presbyterian College Blue Hose (6-8-5) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (11-7-0)
When: Thursday, November 16 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: UNCW Soccer Stadium – Wilmington, N.C.
Watch: Seahawks Digital Network
Live Stats: NCAA.com
Social Media: @BlueHoseSoccer
• On Sunday the Blue Hose won their fifth conference tournament championship, first at the Division I level. They were the South Atlantic Champions at the Division II level in 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1996.
• They made one NCAA appearance in 1995 following their South Atlantic Conference title. The Blue Hose then faced USC Spartanburg, now USC Upstate, in the NCAA Division II Tournament falling 2-0.
Blue Hose in the Post Season
• The Blue Hose are making their first trip to the Division I NCAA Tournament and second overall. They went to the 1995 Division II NCAA Tournament.
• At the Division I level PC has a 2-1-3 all-time record in post season play, all in three Big South Tournament trips. In 2012 PC was defeated by Coastal Carolina. PC would defeat Liberty in 2016 before falling in Penalty Kicks to Radford. In 2017 the Blue Hose would get their redemption versus Radford moving past them in Penalty Kicks in the Semi’s as well as High Point in the Finals to advance to the NCAA’s.
• This will be the Blue Hose’s first game versus UNC Wilmington in the NCAA Tournament and second game ever versus the Seahawks.
Hernandez Named Tournament MVP
• Ricardo Hernandez was named the Big South Tournament MVP. Sergio Pinto, Adrian Edo Martin and Connor Behrend were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Pinto, Hernandez and Three Freshman Honored by Big South
• Sophomore midfielder Pinto was named to the Big South Second Team on Friday, November 3. He finished his sophomore regular season with three goals and three assists. Two of his three goals were game-winners and the other resulted in the Blue Hose’s tie with Radford.
• Sophomore midfielder Hernandez was named Big South All-Academic while Vannier, Edo Martin and Victor Menudier were named to the All-Freshman team.
Behrend in the Books
• Behrend has been the most successful goalkeeper in PC’s Division I era posting a .781 save percentage which ranks third in Big South history.
• He also holds PC records for career shutouts (10), single season shutouts (6), goalkeeper minutes played (3954), and wins (13). He is second in career saves with 196 putting him four away from 200.
Vannier Setting Freshmen Records
• True freshman Clement Vannier leads the Blue Hose with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
• Both the five goals and 12 points are records for goals and points by a freshman in PC’s Division I era. He is also the leading freshmen scorer in the Big South in goals (5) and points (12).
• The freshmen make up the largest class for the team this season, with 16 on the roster.
• There are 15 freshmen and one redshirt freshman on the roster. Seven play defense, two play midfield, six play forward and one plays goalie.
• Eight of the fourteen players who have recorded a goal this season have been freshmen. Led by Vannier with five goals and two assists for 12 points.
• The freshmen have combined to score 15 of the 23 goals and record 11 of the 19 assists this season.
Blue Hose Re-Writing the Record Book
• The Blue Hose have scored 23 goals and tallied 19 assists this season, both are single season team records at the Division I level.
• The Blue Hose have had four Big South Player of the Week honorees over the last two seasons, they had one all-time prior to 2016. Behrend has been the recipient of three of the four honors over the last two seasons. Vannier has the other with a Freshman of the Week honor.
• PC has made marked improvement on the road this season after finishing 2-7-2 on the road in 2016 it is 4-3-4 in 2017.
Draws in a Single Season
• With the Blue Hose 0-0 tie on Sunday afternoon they have now set a new single season record for ties in a season with five. They are 6-8-5 overall now this season. If the Blue Hose and Seahawks go into overtime it will tie the PC record for overtime games in a season at seven.
Scouting the Seahawks
• UNC Wilmington comes into this NCAA Tournament game with an 11-7-0 record overall, they finished 5-3 in the Colonial Athletic Conference.
• They score 1.56 goals per game on a .140 shooting percentage while holding the opposition to 1.21 goals per game and a .150 shooting percentage. They have taken 78 corner kicks this season while limiting the opposition to 70.
• Phillip Goodrum leads the Seahawks with seven goals and four assists for 18 points this season. Emil Elveroth and Julio Moncada each have five goals and two assists for 12 points.
• Ryan Cretens has played all 1656:41 minutes in goal this season posting a 1.14 goals against average with a .650 save percentage and six shutouts.
• The Seahawks are led by 17 year veteran Aidan Heaney who has posted a 151-138-33 record at UNC Wilmington. With two prior seasons at Appalachian State he has a 172-152-33 career record in 19 seasons overall.
• The Blue Hose and Seahawks have played one time. A PC victory in 2013 by a 2-1 score over the No. 24 Seahawks.
Previous, Thursday - Blue Hose men’s soccer starts quest for National Title
Wilmington, N.C. – The game time for the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament game between the Presbyterian College Blue Hose and UNC Wilmington Seahawks has been announced as a 7 p.m. kick, Thursday, Nov. 16.
Live stream and live stats will be available at uncwsports.com.
The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team will face UNC Wilmington Thursday, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced via the NCAA Monday afternoon.
The Blue Hose, who are making their first appearance in the Division I NCAA Tournament, are facing the Seahawks for the second time, the first meeting a 2-1 win for PC in 2013.
The Blue Hose enter the tournament with a 6-8-5 record after winning the Big South Tournament (see Page 7A, today’s issue). PC played back to back overtime draws, advancing to the NCAA Tournament off penalty kicks in both matches.
Leading PC is Clement Vannier with five goals, and Sergio Pinto with three goals and four assists. Connor Behrend has minded the net for 1634:12 minutes this season and has carried a 0.94 goals against average, and a .798 save percentage.
The Seahawks are 11-7-0 on the season. In the Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament, they went 1-1 with a win over the College of Charleston before falling to William and Mary. Leading the Seahawks are Phillip Goodrum with seven goals, and Emil Elveroth and Julio Moncada, who have five goals apiece. Ryan Cretens has played every minute in goal has a 1.14 goals against average and a .650 save percentage.
“We are just very excited to represent this college in the NCAA Tournament,” said PC head coach Jonathan Potter. “We are very excited for the next challenge. Aidan Heaney does a great job over there. We have our work cut out for us but we are very excited to represent our college on this stage.”
“They are a tough team and it is a relatively close distance to travel,” said Behrend. “We have heard very positive things about them and they will be a difficult team to play so we will get our strategy and hope to make it to the weekend.”
This is the second trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Blue Hose overall, having gone to the NCAA Division II Tournament in 1995. The winner between PC and UNCW advance to the second round to face #3-seed North Carolina on Sunday, Nov. 19, in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Second conference title in any sport for PC
Blue Hose men’s soccer is Big South Champion
High Point, N.C. – Connor Behrend saved the fifth PK attempt by High Point and the Blue Hose (6-8-5) overcame missing the first attempt to advance to the NCAA Tournament by winning the PK’s, 4-3, Sunday afternoon.
This gives the Blue Hose their first Big South Tournament championship in men’s soccer and the schools second as men’s tennis won the Big South back in the spring.
The first half of this game was played out very similarly to the Blue Hose last game at Radford and the last time PC came to High Point on October 28 as neither team would find the back of the net. Both teams had a couple of good opportunities though as the teams swapped yellow cards half-way through the first half.
The yellow card called on PC happened just outside the box which led to a free kick for High Point (10-5-4) from about 20 yards out, it was off to the left side of the goal and the High Point attacker was unable to curve it in to the net as it went wide right.
Presbyterian had an opportunity of their own on a free kick with about four minutes left in the half. Adrian Edo Martin’s shot was on frame but hit directly at High Point’s goal keeper Keegan Meyer. High Point had one more good look at the goal with 30 seconds left in the half but the shot was hit to hard and went high.
In the second, half High Point was on the offensive as they would rack up 12 second half shots, only one was on frame. The Blue Hose would have a couple of opportunities to score as well as they would take four shots, two of which were on frame.
From the 70-minute mark to the 80-minute mark High Point took three shots that missed wide by the narrowest of margins. Despite being off-frame these three shots were the best opportunities to score for either team in the 110 minutes of action. The goal keepers combined for seven saves in the game but all of them were shots directly at them.
In the overtime periods the Blue Hose were the team attacking more as they got two shots off, one on frame while High Point was unable to get a single shot off in the 20 minutes of overtime.
For the second game in a row, the Blue Hose would advance to the next round of play via penalty kicks.
High Point shot first in the PK’s section of the game. The Blue Hose first attempt would get saved by Meyer. High Point hit their first three attempts and with the Blue Hose hitting their next two as well High Point would lead 3-2 going into the fourth kick. High Points fourth kick would be missed high as Siggi Bennonyson, the player who scored his first career goal to beat PC with two seconds left in regulation in the first meeting between the two schools. Edo Martin would hit the fourth attempt for PC to tie it at 3-3. Behrend would record the save on High Point’s fifth kick and Ricardo Hernandez would tally the winning PK giving the Blue Hose the 4-3 advantage.
The Big South Tournament Team was announced in the post-game awards ceremony and the Blue Hose would have four players named to the team including the MVP, Ricardo Hernandez. Sergio Pinto, Edo Martin and Behrend were also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Coach Potter’s thoughts on the second half when High Point was attacking as much as they were: “We just kind of hung into the game, we knew it would be hard to find chances,” said coach Jonathan Potter. “We knew if we defended well we would stand a chance to win the game. All the players, the attacking guys down to the defenders bought into defending and that payed off tonight.”
Thoughts on Behrend’s performance: “Connor is incredible. He is 6-5, he is a huge body and he reads the penalties so well,” said coach Potter. “We are so lucky to have him here, he is a special talent. I am just so pleased for him for everything he has been through.”
Level of nervousness when High Point led in penalty kicks:
“Yes, a little of course,” said coach Potter. “It is difficult to come back when you are down in penalty kicks but the guys just kept believing and we had faith in them.”
Player of the Game:
Everyone on defense, the Blue Hose withstood 16 shots in the 110 minutes of action. Behrend came up with two saves but everyone else on the back line played outstanding defense as well intercepting crosses and knocking balls out of bounds giving the defense time to set back up on the few runout chances High Point had.
In overtime, Behrend would come up big with a save to give Hernandez a chance to win PK’s on the final kick.
- The Presbyterian College Blue Hose will advance to their first NCAA Tournament in men’s soccer at the Division I level.
- This is the school’s second NCAA Tournament appearance as the men’s tennis team won the Big South and advanced NCAA Tennis Tournament back in the spring.
- It is the first conference tournament title since the 1996 season when the Blue Hose won their second of back to back South Atlantic Conference Titles at the Division II level.
- With the shutout, Connor Behrend has now gone 225:12 minutes of game time without allowing a goal. Campbell scored at the 84:48 mark of the Blue Hose quarterfinal game cutting the Blue Hose lead to 2-1. This was Behrend’s sixth shutout of the season and number 10 of his career, all over the last two seasons.
- With two saves and zero goals allowed, Behrend now has a .781 career save percentage moving him from fourth in Big South history in save percentage to third. He passes Scott Sutarik who had a .780 save percentage for Liberty from 2011-14.
- Opponents are 0-40 in shots the last two games as Behrend has held them at bay, this had the lowered the opponents shooting percentage to .082.
- With the official result being a tie, the Blue Hose have now set a new team record for ties in a single season with 5. The Blue Hose are now 2-1-3 in six all-time contests in the Big South Tournament. They are 2-1 in advancing on penalty kicks.
PC moves to 6-8-5 on the season while High Point finishes 10-5-4. The Blue Hose are now 4-8-3 in 15 contests all-time versus High Point.