Senior defender Steve Hoeck (Loyola High) scored the go-ahead goal in the 15th minute and led a strong defensive effort as third-seeded Towson edged sixth-seeded New Hampshire, 2-0, in the first round of the America East men's soccer tournament at Towson Center Field yesterday.
The Tigers (13-4-1) advanced to a semifinal game at Hartford (12-5-2) on Saturday. The Hawks played Towson to a 2-2 double overtime tie during the regular season.
In beating New Hampshire for the eighth time in a row, the Tigers took an early lead when Hoeck scored his third goal of the season at 14:27 on Todd Lauber's 10th assist.
The Tigers stretched the lead to 2-0 late in the first half. Randy Tolson (Calvert Hall) flicked a long throw-in from Kevin Corradini (St. Mary's) to the penalty area into the net.
Senior goalkeeper Chris Hurley made four saves en route to his fourth shutout of the season. Most of Hurley's saves came late in the game as Tim Gober (Calvert Hall) and Nate Zachmann (Centennial) did a strong job clearing balls out of the penalty area.
Franklin & Marshall 2, Frostburg State 1: Midfielder Todd Kehoe scored the game-winner with 5:36 to play on an assist from Matt Shapiro (Wilde Lake), as the host Diplomats (11-4) defeated the Bobcats (12-7-1) in the the opening round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region men's soccer championships.
Frostburg scored at the 10:27 mark on a header by R.J. Purnell off a Mike Mutchler pass. Scott Runyon tied it eight minutes later for the Diplomats.