No. 6 Men's Soccer Stopped By No. 3 Lions, 2-0

No. 6 Men's Soccer Stopped By No. 3 Lions, 2-0

Eastern Nazarene 2, Dean College 0
Records: Eastern Nazarene (14-3), Dean College (5-12)
Location: Veterans Memorial Stadium, Quincy, Mass.
Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019
Time: 5:00 PM

In a game of inches, it was third-seeded Eastern Nazarene who saw the ball bounce in their favor as they advanced to the semifinals of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's soccer tournament with a 2-0 victory over sixth-seeded Dean College on Sunday evening.

The Lions will face the tournament's second seed, New England College, on Thursday afternoon in Henniker, N.H.

Eastern Nazarene jumped on the attack early on and broke through when Bryan Vargas ripped his fourth goal of the season into the back of the net at the 10:47 mark.

Dean had an excellent chance to even the score less than a minute later when Kyle Lameiras (North Attleboro, Mass.) forced a Lions' turnover but his subsequent shot banged off the crossbar.

Midway through the second half Eastern Nazarene pushed their lead to two goals when Charlie Swann recorded his league-leading 16th goal of the season at the 68:27.

The Bulldogs had another excellent chance to get on the board in the 72nd minute when a free kick went into the box but Zeki Zai (Cleveland, Ohio) saw his header stopped by the fingertips of Lions netminder Tim Eddings.

Eastern Nazarene held a 22-11 edge in shots taken and a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks. Bryce Antoch (Cranston, R.I.), meanwhile, made six saves in goal for Dean.