UNOH Dominant in Quarterfinal Win over Vanguard (Calif.)
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Men's Soccer - Wed, Dec. 3, 2014
(19)Northwestern Ohio
(RV)Vanguard University
Vanguard (Calif.) (14-7-2)011
Northwestern Ohio (17-4-2)213
Delray Beach, Fla.
Scoring Summary
15:47Carlos Monterrey (Northwestern Ohio)
19:55Aleksandar Lackovic (Northwestern Ohio)
265:11TEAM (Northwestern Ohio)
289:59VALDIVIA, Luis (Vanguard (Calif.))
Vanguard (Calif.)Indv. LeadersNorthwestern Ohio
#9 VALDIVIA, Luis - 1Goals2 Players (#13,#25) - 1
#5 WAY, Zac - 1Assists #22 Samuel Haggbring - 1
#10 ARELLANO, Juan - 3Shots #13 Carlos Monterrey - 3
#00 GOMEZ, Brandon - 5Saves #22 Samuel Haggbring - 5
Vanguard (Calif.)Team StatisticsNorthwestern Ohio
14 (6)Shots (on goal) 11 (8)
5Saves 5
12Fouls 16
4Corner Kicks 4
5Offsides 1

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. – For the first time since the 2008 season, a first-time participant in the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship has advanced to the semifinal round of the tournament.


The University of Northwestern Ohio (17-4-2) became the first team to accomplish that feat since Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2008, dispatching with the Vanguard University Lions (14-7-2) in the first quarterfinal match of the day on Wednesday, 3-1.

With the match being played under windy and warm conditions at Hilltopper Stadium, the Racers drew first blood in just the sixth minute of play. Freshman goalkeeper Samuel Haggbring punted the ball down the left wing side of the field, and Carlos Monterrey ran onto the end of it, chipping it past Vanguard keeper Brandon Gomez for his eighth goal of the season. Just 5:08 later Aleksandar Lackovic doubled the Racers' lead, scoring an unassisted goal off a free kick, and the Racers took the 2-0 lead into halftime.


Vanguard began applying pressure in the second half, but the Lions made a critical mistake in the 66th minute that effectively put the match out of reach. A miscommunication between Gomez and a defender led to an own goal that stretched the Racers' lead to 3-0. The Lions eventually scored a goal of their own off a free kick with one second left, providing the final margin of 3-1.


Haggbring (2-0-0) narrowly missed his first career shutout, making five saves in the victory. Gomez (13-6-2) made five saves as well, but he was hit with the loss.


The Racers advance to play in the semifinal round where they will face the Ocelots of the University of Texas at Brownsville (23-0) on Friday at 4 p.m.