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RMU men season end with 2-0 loss in NEC semifinal

From Robert Morris Athletic Department report
Robert Morris’ men’s soccer team saw its season come to an end this afternoon as the fourth-seeded Colonials fell to top-seeded St. Francis Brooklyn, 3-0, in the Northeast Conference (NEC) Tournament semifinals from a cold and blustery Brooklyn Bridge Park.
St. Francis Brooklyn (13-4-1, 6-0-1 NEC) scored in the second minute, putting the underdogs Robert Morris (4-11-3, 3-3-1 NEC) in an early hole. The Terriers doubled their lead before the end of the first half, and while the Colonials had their chances in the last 45 minutes to chip away at the deficit, the hosts added another late to seal the victory.
Ali Tounkara opened the scoring just 1:21 into the match as he freed himself near the far right post and finished a pass from Anthony Gimenes. Tounkara added St. Francis Brooklyn’s second in the 31st minute off a feed from Sami Gliguem.
RMU had a prime scoring chance in the 54th minute as Owen Pearce played Keane McIvor into the box with a chip. McIvor let the ball settle before flicking a shot just off the wrong side of the post.
Jake Cooper and Bayley Winkel forced Roberto Bazzichetto into a pair of saves over a minute and a half span, giving the Colonials some momentum during the final 30 minutes. However, the Terriers answered by tightening up defensively and tallied a third goal with 1:01 remaining to send the hosts to the NEC Championship Game.
Winter Fondi made five saves in defeat.
Today marked the final collegiate games for Rafael Bruzual, Jake Cooper, Damian DiFlorio, Zach Graziani, Bennett Jull, Corey McCurdy, Keane McIvor, Eddie Thomas, and Bayley Winkel.
Robert Morris finishes the season with a 4-11-3 overall record.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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