ONEONTA — Lucas Terci grounded Oneonta State for the rest of the men’s soccer season.
Terci’s grounder into the right corner of the goal Sunday capped a 4-3 shootout victory for 11th-ranked Montclair State, which played the Red Dragons to a 2-2 double-overtime tie in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament before winning the penalty-kick tiebreaker to advance.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” said O-State coach Iain Byrne said, whose team gave up the tying goal to Brian Cullen with 7 minutes, 55 seconds left in regulation. “It is a particularly tough way for our seniors to end their careers after all their success, but we had 120 minutes to get the win and we didn’t do it.”
Montclair State (18-2-1), which advanced to the round of 16, is the only remaining final four team from a season ago. The Red Hawks and Oneonta fell to Ohio Wesleyan and Calvin, respectively, in the 2011 NCAA D-III semifinals. Defending national champion Ohio Wesleyan and 2011 runner-up Calvin failed to make it out of the first round this season.
“Montclair’s a great team,” Byrne said. “We just couldn’t hold them off.”
Two-time defending SUNY Athletic Conference champion O-State (14-5-2) scored on its first shot as Alex Shkreli one-touched a throughball from Eric Fortier for a 1-0 lead 15:47 into the match.
Shkreli scored less than two minutes after O-State defender Dan Scott — the SUNYAC Player of the Year — pulled down Almir Batista on a Montclair State scoring opportunity inside the box. Scott wasn’t whistled for a foul, though, which seemed to rattle the Red Hawks.
“We’re young and we had some lapses, I guess,” said Montclair coach Todd Tumelty, whose team gave up the go-ahead goal and drew three yellow cards within a 17-minute span after the no-call. “It’s soccer; these things happen.”