The Hartford men's soccer team advanced on penalty kicks in what was a 1-1 tie through two overtimes with New Hampshire in the semifinals of the America East Tournament Wednesday night.
The Hawks, who entered having won four in a row, are in the championship game for the second time in three years under coach Tom Poitras and will play at top-seeded Maryland-Baltimore County Saturday night.
"Obviously, we are excited to be in the championship game," Poitras said, according to UHart's press release. "By the NCAA rules it goes down as a tie, but I've always believed if one team is moving on and one isn't it's a win. We knew it would be a hard fought match, and our guys showed a lot of character and perseverance from our first match against UNH."
Dan Ruede of UHart serves up all the details here.
Hartford lost the 2011 championship game at Stony Brook and missed the conference tournament last season. The Hawks are 13-3-4 and one victory away from its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1999.
Javoni Simms scored Hartford's regulation goal and keeper David MacKinnon made two saves during penalty kicks.
The Hawks, game-by-game.
Hartford played UMBC in the America East opener and lost at home, 2-1. Details of that game here.
UMBC is 15-1-2 and ranked No. 6 in the nation. The Retrievers defeated Albany 2-1 in overtime in the semis.