Baruch outlasted the College of Staten Island in penalty kicks. (Photo courtesy of Baruch College SID)
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Ricardo Llanos scored a pair of second-half goals and rookie goalkeeper Kellen Sela saved two penalty kicks in the shootout to help the Baruch College men win the City University of New York Athletic Conference Championship at Brooklyn College Saturday night.
Baruch won the tie-breaker, 4-3, after playing to a 2-2 draw in regulation and extratime.
The Bearcats secured their first CUNYAC title and NCAA Division III berth since 2014. They also won their sixth CUNYAC title and fourth since 2012.
They will next discover their first-round Tournament and bracket on Monday at 1 p.m. via NCAA.com. The first round is scheduled for Saturday.
Top-seeded College of Staten Island grabbed the lead on two goals by Bryant Navarro to take a 2-0 lead after 59 minutes.
“Staten Island is a solid team, well coached, and work very hard out there, so when they went up 2-0 we knew we had our work cut out for us,” Baruch head coach Dima Kamenshchik, who has been a part of all six Baruch championships since 2004. “We dug in and worked hard to get back into the match. The first goal by Ricardo got us going and from there the momentum carried us.”
Llanos, named the tournament MVP, scored his first goal on a breakaway off a long ball by rookie Javier Arellano Crespo in the 65th minute. He tied it with five minutes left in regulation on an assist by Natari Mohammed on the left side of the box.
The teams did not score in extratime.
Each team scored on its first three attempts.
Alexey Arefev, Llanos, Luis Munoz and Mohammed converted their penalty kicks.