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Soccer Standouts

Swarthmore’s Felix Laniyan ’20 (#6) passes the ball as a player from Connecticut College closes in during their Sweet 16 game of the NCAA soccer tournament, hosted at Clothier Field on Nov. 23.

The Garnet fell to the Camels in overtime, 1-0, ending their incredible Cinderella story. The men’s soccer team, which finished with an 11-4-5 record, upset two nationally ranked teams in penalty kicks to reach the Sweet 16 for the sixth time in program history (1974, 1991, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2019). After putting away No. 17 Roanoke College in the first round then eliminating No. 23 Christopher Newport University in the second, the Garnet had the privilege of hosting the NCAA Sectionals at home. Senior captain Joey Bradley ’20 had just one word to sum up the season: “Unforgettable.”

Meanwhile, Swarthmore women’s soccer reached the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year and advanced to the second round after a thrilling 1-0 OT victory over Arcadia.