The Dominican University Stars trounced the Greenville Panthers 4 – 0 in the first of the team’s appearances in the 2011 NCAA Championship Friday, Nov. 11. The Stars dominated in the first half, forcing the Greenville keeper to make eight saves in the half and adding a goal in the 24th minute. Freshman forward Logan Marvin sent the ball over the goal line with the Greenville keeper scrambling to try to clear it off the line. The Stars looked sharp – maintaining possession and limiting the Panthers to just two shots in the first half on a chilly afternoon.
After the halftime break things looked like they could go differently. The Panthers came out of the half with guns blazing, showing better possession and looking more dangerous in the attacking third. Freshman forward Ryan Ybarra would change once again putting momentum back in the Stars’ hands in the 68th minute, when he cut in from the flank, beat two Greenville defenders and launched the ball into the back of the net to top off a tremendous solo effort.
It would be only eight minutes until the next Dominican goal put the game beyond doubt. Senior midfielder and forward Edwin Lagunas was taken down roughly at the top of the 18-yard box, setting up a dangerous free kick opportunity. Junior defender Andy Lynch seized the opportunity and sent a tricky shot to the near post and into the back of the net for Dominican’s third goal of the day.
Senior midfielder and forward Lio Tovar completed the goal glut in the 82nd minute, ripping a bouncing ball in the box into the goal to complete a three goal run in the course of 15 minutes. With a 4-0 lead after 82 minutes victory was all but assured – all the Stars had to do was weather some late desperate Greenville attacks. The Stars did well, and sophomore goalkeeper Dan Cimicata made a save in each half to earn his eighth shutout of the 2011 season.
The Stars go on to play Hope College on Nov. 12. Dominican beat Hope 2-0 on Sept. 9 and hopes to repeat the performance at the West Campus Field.
– Serek Hahn, Staff Writer