LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Mt. Carmel's Pete Condol and the Quincy University men's soccer team saw their season fall short of its ultimate goal, losing to No. 3 Lynn, 4-1, in the NCAA Division II Tournament semifinal on Thursday at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium at Bellarmine University.
The 5th-ranked Hawks (21-2-2) were the first Quincy team to advance to the NCAA DII semifinal.
"It's always disappointing to not advance in the tournament," said third-year Quincy head coach Mike Carpenter. "But I'm also extremely proud. I couldn't be prouder of the way our team played all year and the way they came back two goals down."
The Hawks also set the school record with 21 wins this season and played an exciting brand of offensive and defensive soccer that Quincy fans could latch onto.
"Putting Quincy back on the national map – that's what we can take from it," said Steve McAnany , senior midfielder and captain. "We showed the young guys what it takes to get this far."
On a cold, rainy day in Louisville the Hawks could not get their customary attack to connect against a stingy Lynn defense. The Fighting Knights (18-1-1) remained organized on the back line and did not allow the Hawks' top two scorers, senior Jordan Roberts and sophomore Xhovani Dokaj , space in the offensive third.
The Hawks were able to manage possession for several spells throughout the game, but it was Lynn's finishing ability in front of goal that was the difference on Thursday.
Chris Hellmann, a first team Daktronics All-American and the nation's second-leading scorer, gave the Knights a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute as he lifted a chip shot over the head of QU senior goalkeeper Drew Duncan for his 25th goal of the season.
Just four minutes before halftime, the Fighting Knights struck again as Hellmann sent a through-ball for Lukas Zlatartis, who sent in a shot on the run from 20 yards that found the back of the net.
In the national quarterfinal, the Hawks trailed Fort Hays State, 2-0, at halftime and scored three second-half goals, one on an assist by Condol, Mt. Carmel's career scoring leader with 110 goals, to advance to the Division II Festival. The Hawks could not find that magic for a second straight game, though.
Hellmann scored again in the 66th minute as he poked a short shot past Duncan to give the Fighting Knights a 3-0 lead.
Quincy gave itself a chance in the 72nd minute as senior defender Chris Garavaglia laid off a ball for forward off a restart and the freshman slashed it past Lucas Fancello and into the top of the goal.
Just two minutes later Roberts came free and pounded a shot from 30 yards that forced Fancello into a diving punched save as the shot was destined for the upper-right corner.
"We're not a team to give up," said Emini. "I was hoping the goal would push us on, but unfortunately that didn't happen."
The Fighting Knights added their fourth goal in the 79th minute to seal the Hawks' fate as Hellmann assisted a goal by Nicolas Mortensen.
The Knights held a 21-12 edge in total shots and an 8-5 lead in shots on goal. Duncan and Fancello each finished with four saves. QU had a 2-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Lynn will now play Charleston on Saturday for the national championship at 11 a.m. CST.