WC to play for berth in Final Four; boots No. 2 Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Shoremen got off only one shot in the second half Saturday, but that’s all that was needed as they move on to the Elite Eight — i.e., the quarterfinal round — of the NCAA Division III soccer tournament.

No. 18-ranked Washington (14-2-5) upset No. 2 Mary Washington, 1-0, at the Battleground here courtesy of freshman Tshazi Kamau’s goal in the 69th minute.

Kamau’s goal — on his only shot of the match — finished a textbook give-and-go with senior Ben Strine.

Mary Washington mustered 20 shots to WC’s five, including 12 in the second half, but was unable to solve senior Anthony Pinto (career-high 11 saves).

Pinto pocketed his eighth clean sheet of the season and lowered his goals-against average to 0.71.

Washington’s only other shot on frame came in the 14th minute when senior Harrison Malone’s strike from distance beat keeper Freddy Rogers but hit the crossbar.

The heavily favored Eagles finish 18-2-2. They were ranked in the top five all season, including No. 1 for two weeks.

Meantime, Washington’s men led by head coach Roy Dunshee are making program history with their first-ever berth in the Elite Eight.

They will face off against the Camels of Connecticut College on Sunday afternoon with a trip to the Final Four on the line. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. on the Mary Washington campus.

No. 7 Connecticut (14-1-5) edged No. 5 Montclair in penalty kicks, 4-3, in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader here after the two sides played to a 2-2 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute extra periods.

This was the second match in a row that Connecticut won on PKs. Last week the Camels edged their hosts from No. 8-ranked Franklin & Marshall in  a shoot-out, 7-6.

In its NCAA tournament opener, Connecticut defeated Denison in overtime, 3-1.

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