ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College men's soccer team captured its second-ever MIAC Playoff championship last week with a pair of postseason victories. The third-seeded Knights received an outstanding offensive performance from senior Will Corcoran (Mahtomedi, Minn.) in Saturday's 2-1 title-game win over Saint John's. The midfielder scored both of Carleton's goals in a 12-minute span during the first half to help his team claim the title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. For his performance, Corcoran was named the MIAC Men's Soccer Athlete-of-the-Week.
In Saturday's victory over the fourth-seeded Johnnies, Corcoran started the scoring in the 10th minute when he beat his defender to a cross toward the top of the box and deposited the pass into the net. Just 12 minutes later he delivered the eventual game-winner when he tracked down a loose ball, evaded a Saint John's defender and tucked a shot inside the left post. It was Corcoran's second career multi-goal performance and came at the most opportune of times. This season, he leads the Knights with five assists and is second on the team in goals (six) and points (17).
Carleton also defeated No. 2-seeded St. Olaf 1-0 on Thursday in the MIAC Playoffs, and the two wins helped the Knights improve their record to 15-2-3. It was Carleton's second-ever postseason title, with the first coming in 2008, and just the second time the No. 3 seed has emerged victorious. Thanks to the win, the Knights received an automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. Corcoran and his crew will travel to St. Peter, Minn., for a four-team regional at Gustavus. The Knights face Westminster (11-8-1) in the first round Thursday, and the winner will face the Gustavus-St. Scholastica victor in the second round.