State Colleges

Barry University will play for the national title in Divisions II men’s soccer Saturday

Barry soccer players celebrate after their victory Thursday.
Barry soccer players celebrate after their victory Thursday. Barry University

The Barry Buccaneers shutout the Fort Hays State Tigers 0-0 and won 5-4 in penalty kicks in the semifinals of the national tournament at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh as part of the NCAA Division II Fall Sports Festival.

Barry advanced to the national championship game after three great saves by goalie Marco Sordi.

“I’m extremely proud to be sitting here next to the two guys [Sordi and defender Stephen Kosmala]. They are incredibly great leaders who have helped revive a program, that has history, but like anything you sometimes have to remind yourself what it takes to be special,” said Barry coach Steve McCrath.

Barry shut out Fort Hays State for the second time this season. The Tigers had entered the contest as the top scoring team in NCAA Division II at over 3.5 goals per game.

After the game, Sordi spoke about the penalty kicks: “There is no strategy to be honest. You just try to not get scored on.”

The Bucs will play the West Chester Rams in the national championship game at noon on Saturday. West Chester defeated Cal Poly Pomona 2-1 in overtime to advance.