The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 12, 2012

Men's soccer: Susquehanna advance to Sweet 16


Raffetto's goal came with just seven seconds remaining before halftime. As the public-address announcer began counting off the final seconds, Raffetto launched a shot from 40 yards out that went over the outstretched arm of Yellowjackets keeper Scott Garfing and just under the crossbar for the goal.

"I was in shock," Raffetto said. "I couldn't even run or celebrate. I just thought, 'Oh my God. That went in.'"

"These guys, they have free reign on the field to improvise," Findlay added.

"He didn't just close his eyes and hit the shot. You could see the whole play building up: He takes a touch, he beats his defender. ... He knew what he was doing."

Rochester (10-4-4) had more than a few close calls. In the 43rd minute, the Yellowjackets' Max Eberhardt and Seth Davis-Brown both hit the post within a five-second span. In the final minute of the game, Rochester defender Alex Swanger hit the crossbar on a header. For the night, the Yellowjackets outshot the Crusaders 19-8 and had four more corner kicks (6-2).

"A lot of people might look at the stats and say we packed it in," Findlay said. "But anybody that was here tonight knew that we came to play. We played them straight up. It's just such a great feeling to be headed to the sweet 16."

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