St. Francis soccer team headed to the NCAA tourney
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The Northeast Conference (NEC) Champion St. Francis Brooklyn men’s soccer team will travel to University Park, Pennsylvania, to take on the Big Ten regular season champions Penn State University Nittany Lions in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men’s College Cup.

The game will take place on November 21 and begins at 7 p.m.

St. Francis Brooklyn (12-5-1) defeated top seed Central Connecticut State in the semi-final of the Northeast Conference Tournament before coming from behind twice to defeat Bryant University 3-2 in overtime on Sunday.

It’s the first NCAA Tournament appearance for the team since 1998, when they took on Jacksonville in the play-in game. For the Terriers, this is the ninth time the program has reached the opening round; the last time was more than 30 years ago in 1982, when the Terriers fell to Columbia in the First Round.

Penn State (11-5-2) secured its fifth Big Ten title in October. The Nittany Lions return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 when Penn State earned a 15 seed and reached the Sweet 16.

St. Francis Brooklyn is anchored defensively by All-Northeast Conference Tournament selections goalie Jack Binks (Darlington, England) and Andy Cormack (Plymouth, England), who scored the game winning goal against Central Connecticut State on a free kick.

Offensively, the Terriers are led by the tandem of All-Northeast Conference First Team selection Kevin Correa (Flushing, New York), who scored four goals in the two-game tournament and leads the Terriers in scoring (13 goals, 4 game winners, 32 points) and All-Northeast Conference Second Team selection Gabriel Bagot (New York, New York), the second-leading scorer on the team with eight goals and 19 points.

St. Francis Brooklyn last played a Big Ten opponent in 2001. Penn State is 3-1 against NEC teams this year and will face the Terriers for the first time in program history. The winner of the match will travel to the tenth seed UC Santa Barbara for a Sunday night match.
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