No. 2 Trinity edges No. 9 Loras; No. 9 Wheaton blanks No. 24 Wartburg 5-0
|Wheaton senior Noah Anthony
grabbed the game winner for the Thunder.
Michael Hudson photography
In the first match of the 2014 NCAA sectionals, Wheaton College defeated the Wartburg Knights 5-0. The Thunder will be facing Trinity (Texas) in the quarterfinals, as the Tigers came from behind to defeat Loras 2-1 in Saturday's second match.
In the win for the ninth-ranked Thunder, senior Noah Anthony squeezed a shot under the Knight keeper in the 10th minute to provide the ultimate game winner.
Wartburg junior keeper Austin Boyke made a number of impressive stops on the night, including a diving save of a Wheaton shot at an open net in the fourth minute. In the match, Boyke faced 20 shots.
Junior Stephen Golz scored the second goal for Wheaton at 15:20 off an assist from senior Adam Blackman. Senior Jordan Golz scored off a rebound from a shot from senior Benden Finnerty - another great save by Boyke - to make it 3-0 Wheaton at the half.
43 seconds into the second half, junior Marshall Hollingsworth made it 4-0, on an assist by Jordan Golz, and senior Trevor Adams finshed off the scoring on a break away late in the match.
Senior Dan Nadeau and sophomore Paris Martins had two shots each for the Knights, who finish their season at 13-4-6. Wheaton improves to 20-3-0.
In the late match, Loras and Trinity faced off in a repeat of last season's sectional opener. But it was Loras who went ahead in this year's version, as senior Tom Fluegel scored an unassisted goal in the 22nd minute of the first half. After the half ended with a 1-0 Loras lead, Trinity sophomore Zacharias Edholm answered with an unassisted goal of his own in the 47th minute, taking the ball from the Loras defence in the box and converting the opportunity. 13 minutes later, sophomore Goncalo Santana scored the game winner off a Edholm assist.
Loras had a number of good scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, but the 2-1 Tiger lead would hold, ending the Duhawk's season at 17-3-2. The Tigers improve to 24-1-0.