Men head to NAC tourney

The Spartan men’s soccer team finished its regular season Saturday, Oct. 25, with a 5-0 win over its North Atlantic Conference and instate rival Johnson State College. Jacob Ferry and Sean Fitzgerald led the Spartan offense, each scoring two goals.

The Spartans got on the board early against the Badgers, scoring only 12 minutes into the game, when Ferry netted his third goal of season.

Fitzgerald doubled the Spartans’ lead when he added an unassisted goal of his own in the 34th minute.

Halftime didn’t slow the Spartans down any as Fitzgerald punched in his second goal of the game just 45 seconds into the second half. Ferry, not content with one goal, pushed across his second goal of the game off of a Josh Costa assist 26 minutes later.

Nick Harriman also tacked on a goal for the Spartans when he scored his first collegiate goal.

The Spartan offense outshot the Badgers 20-7.

Spartan keeper Mike Anthony was credited with the shutout. He made three saves for the Spartans.

“Five nice goals and a solid defensive effort. [Johnson is] not an easy place to play, so any win there is a good one,” said head coach John Werner.

The team, 6-1 in North Atlantic Conference play, will now turn its attention to the NAC playoffs. The defending champion Spartan team is ranked second this postseason, behind only Husson, which is 7-0 in the NAC. In the regular season, Husson defeated the Spartans 1-0.

Because the Spartans finished this season second in the NAC, they earned a bye this week, automatically placing them in the NAC semifinals next Saturday.

The time and place of the NAC semifinal game has yet to be announced.

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