Penmen prevail, gain NCAA men's soccer quarterfinalsStaff report
November 22. 2013 10:03PM
The Southern New Hampshire University men's soccer express rolls on.
The Penmen, the top-ranked Division II team in the nation, fell behind then roared back to top LIU Post 3-1 on Friday morning in Erie, Pa., to win the NCAA East Regional title.
Sophomore Dominic Samuel scored a pair of goals and senior Pierre Omango added a score as SNHU won its 20th straight game to improve to 20-1. The Penmen advanced to play Mercyhurst on the Lakers' home field in Sunday's NCAA quarterfinal. Mercyhurst advanced with a 3-1 win over Millersville University.
Sunday's 1 p.m. quarterfinal marks a rematch of last year's quarterfinal won by the Lakers at SNHU's Larkin Field.
On Friday, Per Forgaard headed one home in the 23rd minute to give LIU Post the lead.
But Samuel tied the game at 24:55, on a header off a corner kick by Jonathan Lupinelli. Samuel struck again, on another header off another corner kick, 4:15 into the second half. This time, Manchester's Christian Rodriguez took the corner kick.
Omanga scored his 20th of the season with 1:26 remaining.
Goalkeeper Dom DiMaggio made two saves for the Penmen, who outshot the Pioneers 21-7.