UNOH Outlasts #9 Missouri Valley in Penalties at National Tournament
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Men's Soccer - Mon, Dec. 1, 2014
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VS
Shootout
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(9)Missouri Valley College
(19)Northwestern Ohio
Final12OT2OTF
Northwestern Ohio (16-4-2)01001
Missouri Valley (15-4-1)01001
Delray Beach, Fla.
Scoring Summary
PeriodTimePlayer
276:39Raul Beneit (Missouri Valley)
281:32Jorge Salcedo (Northwestern Ohio)
Northwestern OhioIndv. LeadersMissouri Valley
#16 Jorge Salcedo - 1Goals#10 Raul Beneit - 1
#11 Tendai Jirira - 1Assists #6 Al Alvarez Dominguez - 1
2 Players (#6,#27) - 2Shots #10 Raul Beneit - 5
#22 Samuel Haggbring - 3Saves #25 Christos Kontemiris - 1
Northwestern OhioTeam StatisticsMissouri Valley
8 (2)Shots (on goal) 14 (4)
3Saves 1
16Fouls 9
4Corner Kicks 3
4Offsides 3

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – The last three weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for the University of Northwestern Ohio men's soccer team, and particularly for senior defender Luke Guy. On Monday afternoon, Guy converted the biggest chance of his collegiate career at UNOH to send the Racers to the NAIA quarterfinals.

 

Guy, a 5-10 defender from Birmingham, England, was called upon to take the seventh penalty kick of the Racers' shootout against Missouri Valley College, and he scored what proved to be the deciding shot as UNOH (16-4-2) played the Vikings (15-4-1) to a 1-1 draw before advancing on penalties, 6-5.

The Racers had to make two late changes to their lineup after warm-ups, including in goal where Freshman Samuel Haggbring was called upon when Liam Davies could not go for UNOH. The Racers were able to keep the pressure off for the opening 15 minutes of the match, with Josh Scully recording the only shot in that span, and when he was tested in the 18th minute, Haggbring was ready. Missouri Valley's Raul Beneit took the Vikings' first shot, and Haggbring made the first of his three saves of the match on what proved to be the only shot on goal for either team in the first half. After 45 minutes of play, the teams went into halftime scoreless.

 

Haggbring had to make two saves in the first seven minutes of the second half to preserve the scoreless tie, and the Racers applied pressure through the middle stages of the period, but it was Missouri Valley who drew first blood. Beneit scored his sixth goal of the season with 13:21 remaining in regulation, and Al Alvarez Dominguez picked up the assist, as the Vikings took the 1-0 lead. Just under five minutes later, however, UNOH's Jorge Salcedo netted his first goal of the year, off a pass from Tendai Jirira, to square the match at 1-1. Neither team managed a shot on target in the final 8:28, and after 90 minutes, the match headed to overtime in a 1-1 deadlock.

 

Each team got one shot in the first overtime period, with UNOH's Pedro de Castro having his shot turned away by Vikings' netminder Christos Kontemiris, and Missouri Valley's Rafael Alcaraz missing wide with 2:18 to play. In the second overtime, there was only one shot registered – a try from Alvarez Dominguez that went wide with 2:31 to play – and the period ended with the score still tied 1-1, so the match proceeded to a shootout.

 

Both teams' leading scorers missed their penalties on the first shot for each team, with Sergio Royo and Beneit both missing high. The Racers cashed in their next five shots – from Carlos Monterrey, Jozo Tadic, Alonzo Castro, Josh Scully, and Juan Erazo – but each time the Vikings answered to keep the shootout deadlocked. That is when Guy stepped up for the Racers' seventh shot, and he buried it to keep the pressure on Missouri Valley. The Vikings went to Felipe Arna – a freshman who had registered one assist in 11 matches this season – and he missed the target high, earning UNOH the right to advance.

 

Haggbring (0-0-1) was the goalkeeper of record for the Racers, making three saves and allowing one goal in 110 minutes of action. Kontemiris (15-4-1) played all 110 minutes in goal for the Vikings, making two saves and yielding one goal.

 

The Racers now advance to the Quarterfinal round of the 2014 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship on Wednesday morning. They will again play at 11 a.m., taking on the Vanguard University (Calif.) Lions (14-6-2).