ECAC: Owls Fall in Finals to RWU 1-0

'BRISTOL, R.I. 11/16/03- The Roger Williams men's soccer team won its second straight ECAC Championship Sunday, as they shut out third-seeded Keene State College 1-0 at Bayside Field.

 

Senior Tony Nunes (Bridgeport, CT) showed why Hawks coach Jim Cook named him co-captain at the beginning of the season.  In the 82nd minute of the back-and-forth affair, Nunes took the rebound off his own shot and crushed one into the back of the net, giving the Hawks the only goal they would need.

 

This game turned into a keeper's duel between Keene State's Brandon Beck (Johnstown, NY) and Kevin Deegan (Seymour, CT) of Roger Williams.  Beck turned away four RWU shots while Deegan recorded eight saves of his own.  In the end, it was Deegan who came away with the victory, recording his eighth shutout of the season.  The Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year finished the season with a remarkable 18-1-2 record overall.

 

But it was Nunes' performance in this tournament that will be remembered when all is said and done.  In the three rounds of the ECAC Championships, Nunes scored three times, including the game-winners in both the semifinals and finals.  Nunes finished the season tied for the team lead in goals (12) and points (29).

 

"It was a very disappointing loss," said KSC Coach Ron Butcher, whose Owls complete their season at 16-7-1. "We spend just about the whole game peppering their goalie, and they come down and take advantage of one of their few good chances."

 

Making its second ECAC appearance since joining Division III, KSC was shooting for its first ECAC title.

 Roger Williams finished its season with a school-record 19 victories in capturing its second ECAC Championship.