No. 6 Calvin, No. 15 OWU win, Nichols and Whitewater move on to round two
Three matches were scheduled for the first day of the 2014 NCAA postseason tournament, but only two will made it in the books.
|Senior Ryan Reid scored twice
in UW-Whitewater's win over Carroll University.
Photo by Michael McLoone
After the Morrisville State College - Kings College match was postponed due to snow, the Warhawks of UW-Whitewater and the Bison of Nichols College moved onto round two with a pair of victories.
The rescheduled Morrisville State - Kings College match on Friday was a nail-biter as the Mustangs needed a shootout to advance past their visitors. Senior midfielder Jesse Astudillo scored early to get Morrisville on the board, but King's junior David Stroh scored early in the second half to equalize. After two scoreless overtime periods, the Mustangs won the shootout 5-4 to improve to 16-2-1 and advance to the second round at Messiah. King's ends their season at 15-5-2.
On Thursday, Warhawk senior Ryan Reid scored twice en route to a 3-1 win over Carroll University, collecting the game winner off a throw-in from junior Sam Novak in the 22nd minute. Colton Woyak scored in the 57th minute, but the Pioneers could only manage one more shot on goal for the match. Carroll finishes their season at 10-9-2, while Whitewater improves to 14-4-4 and moves on to face No. 9 Wheaton on Saturday evening.
In Friday's early match, Nichols College notched their first ever NCAA tournament win with a 1-0 shutout of Mass-Boston. Freshman Rielee Mohsin grabbed the gamewinner in the 79th minute off an assist from Junior Isaac Alverenga. The Beacons edged Nichols 14-11 in shots, but ends their season at an all-time best 14-6-2. Nichols improves to 15-2-4, and will face No. 3 Oneonta State on Sunday.
At Emory, Berry upset No. 17 Emory 2-1 in double overtime. Zak Wallingford nailed the game winner in the 107th minute off a cross from Christian Fulbright. And No. 12 Whitworth got a timely goal from Micheal Ramos, assisted by Eric Espinoza, to advance to the second round. The Pirates are now 16-1-3 and will face Berry, 13-6-1, on Saturday.
At Hope College, No. 6 Calvin outshot Rose-Hulman 23-8, but needed a shootout to advance past the Fightin' Engineers. The match eneded without a score, but the Knights won the shootout round 4-3, moving to 18-2-2 and advancing to play Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. Rose-Hulman wraps up their season with their third NCAA post-season appearance in four years.
In the later match at Hope, No. 15 Ohio Wesleyan edged Penn State-Behrend 3-2 in two overtimes on a goal by senior forward Taylor Rieger. After an early goal by OWU senior forward Colton Bloecher, Lion junior Sean Polosky tied the match on an unassisted goal in the 30th minute. The Bishops went ahead again in the 34th minute on a goal by junior Gunnar Bloecher, but Behrend bounced back again as Kyle Beckett scored off an assist from Evan Augustine with just one minute to play in the half. Yet the second half ended scoreless, sending the match into overtime. OWU outshot Behrend 16-10 and moves to 16-4-2, while Behrend ends their season at 18-4-0.