ALLENTOWN, Pa. – On Saturday, the United States Merchant Marine Academy men's soccer team defeated Muhlenberg College in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament by a final score of 1-0 at Varsity Field in Allentown, Pa. With the victory, the Mariners improved to 13-2-5 on the season and will face Messiah College tomorrow afternoon in the Elite 8 round.
Kings Point took a 1-0 lead when senior midfielder Dan Twito (Cedar Falls, Iowa) scored his fifth goal of the season in the 19th minute of play. Fellow senior midfielder Lane Gould (Greenville, Texas) fired a shot at Muhlenberg senior goalkeeper Jason Daniels (Delmar, N.Y.), who knocked it down for the save, but was not able to hold onto it. The ball trickled out to Twito who drilled it into the wide open net to put USMMA ahead.
The Mariners defense played a huge role in this game as it kept Muhlenberg's nine second-half shots at bay. The Mules (13-3-6) outshot the Mariners, 16-15, but USMMA had the edge in corner kicks (4-2).
Head Coach Michael Smolens and the Mariners return to action tomorrow when they face Messiah College tomorrow at Muhlenberg in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. LiveStats for the contest can be found by clicking here, as well as a live video webcast.