Gettysburg stifles W. Md. to win Centennial crown

Bullets notch automatic Div. III tournament bid with easy 2-0 victory

College Soccer

November 04, 2001|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The momentum from Friday's surprising upset of tournament favorite Johns Hopkins carried over nicely for Gettysburg College last night.

With total domination of the game, the Bullets captured the Centennial Conference men's soccer championship by completing a sweep of the Maryland schools, beating Western Maryland, 2-0, at Homewood Field.

A sparse gathering watched Gettysburg (16-4) clinch the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Hopkins (15-3), which was undefeated in nine regular-season conference matches, is hoping for one of five national at-large invitations.

Never was the outcome in doubt after Gettysburg scored twice in a 10-minute span midway through the first half. The Green Terror found shots hard to come by against a Bullets defense anchored by backers Michael McLaughlin and James Miller.

It was the ninth shutout of the season for Gettysburg.

Western Maryland - which had beaten Gettysburg, 1-0, in double overtime on a goal by Ryan Tetteris (Curley) during the regular season - didn't even manage a legitimate attempt until 15 minutes into the second half after playing a physically demanding double-overtime game against Muhlenberg in the semifinals.

The scoreless tie ended when the Bullets' leading scorer, Michael Bruno, headed home his eighth goal after a nifty corner-kick feed from J.W. Havens 17:29 into the game.

At 27:36, Mike Bevilacqua dribbled around a defender and beat Green Terror goalkeeper Ryan Defibaugh with a crossing shot to end the scoring and give Gettysburg a 15-0 record when scoring at least one goal.

The title was the second in the past three seasons for the Bullets and third overall.

Western Maryland completed a 14-5 season with a school record for victories.

The Division III field will be announced tonight.

Gettysburg 2 0 - 2

Western Md. 0 0 - 0

Goals: G-Bruno, Bevilacqua. Shots: G-15; WM-5. Saves: G-Kopp 2; WM-Defibaugh 3.

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