PDL Game Report
Saturday, July 26, 2014
NEWARK, N.J. – Juan Correa had two assists for the Jersey Express as his side defeated the CFC Azul, 2-0, in the PDL Eastern Conference Championship Semifinals at NJIT’s Lubetkin Field. With the victory, the Express (11-1-3) advanced to face the West Virginia Chaos in Sunday’s title game at 5 p.m., while the Azul finished their season with a record of 9-3-3.
Walter Hines opened the scoring for the Express in the ninth minute when he received a through-ball from Correa, then was able to chip it over goalkeeper Steve Sasso and into the net beyond the reach of the Azul defender. The goal was Hines’ seventh of the season.
Correa added his second assist of the contest in the 58th minute when he sent a long pass to Kene Eze. The former Toronto FC draftee struck the ball out of midair and into the back of the net for his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
Prior to Saturday's semifinal, Correa, had registered one assist in six matches.
Matthew Turner made eight saves to earn the shutout for the Express, his fourth in a row and fifth for the year. Six of Turner’s stops came in the first half, the biggest coming in the 18th minute when he jumped and punched away a Paul Templeton shot to protect a 1-0 lead.
WEST VIRGINIA 2, SEACOAST UNITED 0: Goals from Daniel Smee and Jake Szabo were the difference for the West Virginia Chaos as they defeated the Seacoast United Phantoms in the PDL Eastern Conference Championship Semifinals on Saturday night at NJIT’s Lubetkin Field.
West Virginia dominated possession early on, and had several scoring opportunities in the opening half. After coming away empty-handed on its first handful of chances, the Chaos broke through in the 28th minute when Snee headed in a Daniel Stratford corner kick for the opening goal.
The Phantoms were able to keep their deficit at 1-0 heading into the intermission behind a stellar performance in net by Dominic Dimaggio. Dimaggio, who led the PDL in wins (11), goals against average (0.38) and shutouts (8) in the regular season, made six saves for Seacoast, all of them in the first half.
After being rarely tested in the opening half, West Virginia’s defense and goalkeeper Sean Teepen withstood an aggressive offensive attack, making a key save early in the second half on Seacoast United's Ben Havey. The Phantom's best chance to tie the game came in the 54th minute when Ben Brewster headed a Terrence Carter free kick off the crossbar.
West Virginia’s Szabo added an insurance goal in the 73rd minute when he connected on a cross from teammate Adam Hintz. The goal, Szabo's sixth of the year, tied him with Dion Peters for the team lead.
Teepen made four saves to earn the shutout for West Virginia, which claimed its first postseason victory with the win.