STAC Men's Soccer Season Ends with ECC Tournament Loss at LIU Post

STAC Men's Soccer Season Ends with ECC Tournament Loss at LIU Post

The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's soccer team fell to an 8-1 defeat at LIU Post in the semi-finals of the East Coast Conference Tournament. The Spartans, who came in as the tourney's number four seed, wrapped up the season with an 8-5-5 record, while top-seeded Post advanced to Saturday's final in improving to 16-0-1. Ranked #2 in the nation, the Pioneers will host Molloy for the conference title after a penalty kick victory over NYIT.

Less than two weeks ago, on October 23, the Spartans held the powerful Post team scoreless for nearly 100 minutes before dropping a 1-0 overtime decision at home. This time, the Pioneers struck early, with Jason Lampkin converting just 3:50 into the contest. Three more goals over a span of just over four minutes was enough to seal STAC's fate.

Mike Sutton scored at 13:52, and Charlie Ledula struck twice - at 16:58 and 18:08 - to give the hosts a commanding 4-0 edge. Gianluca Santacruz converted at 35:57 to make the cushion 5-0 at halftime.

Santacruz added his second of the afternoon just 1:48 after the break before Christian Jones got the Spartans on the board, converting Brad Neal's assist at 51:32. Late LIU Post goals by Sean Collins and Alex Ostby closed out the scoring. The Spartans were outshot for the game by a 22-9 margin.

Despite the tough finish, the season was a positive one for St. Thomas Aquinas, as the Spartans qualified for the ECC Tournament for the first time since 2010, and made their first postseason appearnce since the 2011 season.