Waite-tending Propels Soccer to NEC Finals


Goalkeeper Jahmali Waite repelled three penalty kicks in an overtime shootout Friday to boost FDU men’s soccer into the Northeast Conference tournament finals.

The fourth-seeded Knights advanced past No. 1 seeded St. Francis University, 3-1, on kicks after a scoreless regulation in one semifinal pairing at Loreto, Pa., the site of the championship at 1 p.m. Sunday.

No. 2 seed Long Island University advanced with a 4-0 win over No. 3 Bryant.

“I knew that if our team is going to win this game, it’s got to be up to me,” Waite said after the match in a FDU-tweeted video. The two-time all-NEC junior from Philadelphia saved three of four penalty kicks in the shootout and finished with 7 for the match. Diego ArrIbas, Daniel Lasarte and Ideal Shefqeti scored penalty-kick goals for FDU, which improved to 7-8-3 and will shoot for its eighth conference title.