Central Connecticut State University senior goalkeeper Chris Jones led the United States to the quarterfinals of the Deaflympics with a win over Great Britain on Monday. With the 3-1 victory, the U.S. made it out of group-round play for the first time ever at the Deaflympics.
Jones was huge in the United States' 0-0 tie against Japan on Saturday. After a fould inside the box, Japan was awarded a penalty kick. Jones stopped the offensive player's attempt, but was flagged by the linesman for jumping the line. When the Japanese player took his second penalty shot, Jones stymied him for the second time and the U.S. finished with a 0-0 tie.
The U.S. fell to Irleand 2-0 in their first game of the tournament. Ireland won the group and advanced with five points. The U.S. recorded four points in the group (1-1-1) and advanced to the quarterfinals by having a goal differential that was one better than Great Britain. They will take on Russia in the quarterfinals.
Details on the 2009 Deaflympics can be found here...http://www.usdeafsoccer.com/