UNOH Upsets Georgia Gwinnett in NAIA Opening Round
News Photo
Men's Soccer - Sat, Nov. 22, 2014
(19)Northwestern Ohio
(11)Georgia Gwinnett College
Northwestern Ohio (16-4-1)033
Georgia Gwinnett (12-3-2)000
Lawrenceville, Ga.
Scoring Summary
152:11Carlos Monterrey (Northwestern Ohio)
160:44Sergio Royo (Northwestern Ohio)
177:32Pascal Debowiak (Northwestern Ohio)
Northwestern OhioIndv. LeadersGeorgia Gwinnett
3 Players - 1Goals None
2 Players (#6,#16) - 1Assists None
#10 Sergio Royo - 4Shots #15 Ibrahima Sissoko - 2
NoneSaves #1 Lewis Sharpe - 8
Northwestern OhioTeam StatisticsGeorgia Gwinnett
18 (11)Shots (on goal) 4 (0)
0Saves 8
0Fouls 0
6Corner Kicks 2
8Offsides 2

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – It took more than 50 minutes for the University of Northwestern Ohio men's soccer team to break through in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Tournament Opening Round match at Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday afternoon. When they did break through, however, the Racers put the match away quickly.


UNOH (16-4-1) tallied three goals in the span of 25 minutes, grabbing a 3-0 win over the Grizzlies (12-3-2) to advance to the final site of the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship.

"We played well today," remarked victorious coach Gavin Oldham after the match. "The boys put Georgia Gwinnett on the back foot from the first minute, and we kept them there the whole game."


The Racers took the first eight shots of the match, but though they dominated the play in the early going, the Grizzlies were able to hold on and keep the match scoreless. At the half, the Racers held a 12-2 shot advantage, and a 5-1 edge in corner kicks, but the match remained scoreless at intermission.


"In fairness, we had a few really good chances in the first half that we didn't take advantage of," Oldham noted, "and I was hoping that didn't come back to haunt us."


After being frustrated on the offensive end of the field in the first half, the Racers broke through on their first shot of the second half. Carlos Monterrey picked up his seventh goal of the season, an unassisted tally that proved to be his third game-winning goal, in the 53rd minute. Sergio Royo scored in the 61st minute to double the Racers' lead, and in the 78th minute Pascal Debowiak netted his team leading 16th goal to cap the scoring as the Racers won 3-0.


"The first goal was huge for us," Oldham explained, "and the second and third goals were really no more than we deserved. Now, we look forward to a trip to Florida to compete for a National Championship."


Liam Davies (16-4-1) earned the shutout in goal for the Racers – his seventh clean sheet of the season.


UNOH moves on to the Final Site for the NAIA Tournament, which is being hosted by Northwood University in Delray Beach, Florida. The Racers will play the Missouri Valley College Vikings (15-4-0) at 11 a.m. on December 1.