MEDIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine will be the No. 1 seed when it begins its Penn State University Athletic Conference title defense on Saturday in the semifinal round against No. 5 Penn State New Kensington at noon.
Brandywine went 9-0 in PSUAC play for the second-straight season under Head Coach Jesse Zafiratos to earn the top seed in the tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The Lions (14-3 overall) have dominated the PSUAC since 2013, posting a 50-2-1 record with three league titles in that span.
Entering Saturday's match, Brandywine has won 10-straight games, a streak that began on Sept. 23 with a 3-0 victory over New Kensington. Freshman Chris Riebman, the team's leading goal-scorer (21), netted all three scores in that matchup, while the defense allowed only one shot on goal as goalkeepers Will Scott-Norris and Brandon Welden combined on the shutout.
Riebman tops the conference in goals and ranks second in total points (47), while Brandon Crochunis (32 pts) and Mohamed Camara (28) also rank in the top six in scoring. The team's defense has also been stout all year, allowing only five goals in nine league matches and 16 scores overall.
Brandywine, which won every conference match by at least three goals this season, faced off with New Kensington in last year's semifinals, winning 2-0 on its home field. All-conference defender James Cellucci and current assistant coach Brad Jule accounted for the Lions' pair of goals in the victory that sent Brandywine to the championship.
New Kensington advanced to the semifinals following a 2-1 victory at No. 4 York on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round. For the second consecutive year, New Kensington, which owns a 7-4-1 record, enters the semifinals as the fifth-seeded team.
No. 2 Greater Allegheny will host No. 3 Hazleton in Saturday's second semifinal. The winners meet Wednesday night in State College at 6:00 pm for the PSUAC championship.
June 11, 2018 Brandywine Places Fourth In USCAA Director’s Cup
January 2, 2018 Forty-One Student-Athletes Earn PSUAC Fall All-Academic Honors
November 14, 2017 Eight Fall Student-Athletes Claim USCAA National Academic Team Honors
November 13, 2017 Freshman Duo Lands USCAA Soccer All-American Awards
November 11, 2017 Lions Drop Season Finale 3-1 To Johnson & Wales
November 10, 2017 Brandywine Downed By Florida National At USCAA Tournament
November 8, 2017 Brandywine’s Fall Conference Champions Set For USCAA Championships
November 1, 2017 Brandywine Men’s Soccer Continues Reign As PSUAC Champion
November 1, 2017 Three Brandywine Athletes Earn Final PSUAC Fall Weekly Awards
October 30, 2017 Fall Teams Headed To State College For PSUAC Championships
October 28, 2017 Men’s Soccer Rolls Into PSUAC Title Match With 5-0 Triumph
October 26, 2017 Brandywine Hosts New Kensington In PSUAC Semifinals Saturday
October 24, 2017 Riebman Secures Third PSUAC Player Of The Week Award
October 20, 2017 Lions Top Williamson 7-1 To End Regular Season
October 17, 2017 Crochunis, Scott-Norris Land PSUAC Weekly Awards
October 14, 2017 Brandywine Secures Top Seed In PSUAC Tournament On Senior Day
October 7, 2017 Lions Best GA In First-Place Showdown
October 4, 2017 Brandywine Rides Big Second Half Past Hazleton
October 3, 2017 Riebman Lands Third PSUAC Player Of The Week Selection
September 30, 2017 Lions Continue To Roll With 7-1 Victory At Mont Alto
September 28, 2017 Brandywine Runs Away From Schuylkill Behind Big Second Half
September 27, 2017 PSUAC Names Riebman Player Of The Week
September 25, 2017 Eight Players Score In Men’s Soccer Triumph Over York
September 23, 2017 Riebman Nets Three In Victory Over New Kensington
September 21, 2017 Johnson & Wales Tops Brandywine 4-0
September 19, 2017 Brandywine Shuts Down Rosemont
September 16, 2017 Lions Bounce Back With 3-1 Triumph At Bryn Athyn
September 13, 2017 Men’s Soccer Freshmen Earn National Awards From USCAA
September 13, 2017 Brandywine Downed In Final Minutes By Delaware Valley
September 5, 2017 Brandywine Tops Gwynedd Mercy 2-1 In Home Debut
September 2, 2017 Brandywine Edges Pitt-Greensburg 2-1 For First Win
September 1, 2017 Saint Vincent Ousts Brandywine In Overtime
August 30, 2017 Brandywine Fall Teams Kick Off 2017 Seasons Friday
August 4, 2017 Men’s Soccer Announces 2017 Recruiting Class
July 11, 2017 Coaches Corner: Men's Soccer Coach Jesse Zafiratos