Dayton Wins 2015 Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer Title
FAIRFAX, Va.— Dayton won the 2015 Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer Championship Sunday, using a second-half offensive barrage to beat No. 8 VCU, 4-1, at George Mason Stadium. The Flyers, seeded second for the championship, advance to the NCAA Tournament with the A-10 automatic bid.
UD won its fourth A-10 title, but its first since 2008. The championship game aired live on American Sports Network.
The Flyers (13-5-3) scored one goal in the first half, a blast from 25 yards out by Kissima Bojang on a back pass from James Haupt. Both Bojang and Haupt were All-Championship Team selections.
The score stayed 1-0 until Dayton’s Alex Amankwaah scored on a free kick from 30 yards out that he bent into the corner in the 59th minute.
VCU cut the lead in half in the 71st minute, on a header by Dakota Barnathan following a corner kick by All-Championship Team member Jorge Herranz. But Dayton responded immediately, scoring just 16 seconds later on a cross from Nick Hagenkord into the center of box that Maik Schoonderwoerd buried for the 3-1 lead.
Dayton scored the insurance goal on a corner kick by Amankwaah that Carlos Sendin, headed in in the 78th minute.
The Flyers lead in shots 22-9 and corner kicks were even at seven apiece. VCU keeper Pierre Gardan stopped six Dayton shots. UD’s two keepers, Oliver Hansen and Justin Saliba each made a save.
Joining Bojang, Haupt and Herranz on the All-Championship team were Sendin and Amass Amankona from Dayton, and Gardan, RJ Roberts and Dennis Castillo from VCU. Fordham’s Jannik Loebe, Dominik Richter and Carlo Davids from Rhode Island were also named to the All-Championship Team. Amankona was named the Championship's Most Outstanding Player, contributing three goals and 11 shots on the weekend.
VCU closes out the season at 7-10-4.
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