Anthony Amell scored the game-winning goal with 2:08 left on the clock to lift the Norwich men's soccer team over Albertus Magnus 1-0 in the GNAC Tournament Semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
Norwich's Eric Weir took the initial shot that was saved by Albertus' Donato Piroscafo (Naugatuck, Conn.) but Amell was right there for the rebound and sent it into the back of the net for the late goal. For Amell, it was his fourth goal of the season and his first game winner.
The defeat marks the first loss for the Falcons since Sept. 7 as they move to 15-3-1 on the year. With the win, Norwich improves to 11-8 and will face Saint Joseph's College (Me.) on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the GNAC Tournament Championship game.
Despite being shutout for only the second time all season, the Falcons outshot the Cadets 23-16.
Senior Jamal Howard (West Haven, Conn.) led the Falcons with eight shots, including two on net.
Norwich's Christian Hallstrom earned the shutout, his fourth of the year, as he made seven stops in between the pipes for the Cadets. Piroscafo tallied 10 saves for the Falcons as he allowed just his 13th goal all year.
Albertus had some good looks at the net in the second half, including an attempt that missed wide right by freshman Lindsley Barrett (Shelton, Conn.) with 19 minutes to go in the game. Junior Stephen Zapata (Hamden, Conn.) played the ball to the top of the 18-yard box where Barrett got a foot on it, sending it wide of the target.
Prior to Barrett's shot, Zapata took a direct free kick that almost put the Falcons' ahead but Hallstrom made a leaping save to punch the ball over the cross bar and keep the score knotted at zero.
Albertus outshot Norwich 14-7 in the scoreless first half before the shots evened out at 9-9 in the second 45 minutes of play. On the afternoon, Norwich held the edge in corners with eight to the Falcons' six.
For the Cadets, it was their fourth –straight victory and their seventh win in eight contests.