Kenyon knocks out Tufts, Wheaton edges St. Olaf in OT
|Sophomore Max Carey scored the gamewinning goal in overtime for Wheaton
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Friday kicked off the first of three days of play in the 2015 Sectionals for both men's and women's soccer. And as expected, there were some very unexpected results.
In Dubuque, Iowa, sectional host Loras was forced to move the scheduled evening matches up to noon due to anticipated bad weather conditions (snow). But the schedule change didn't bother the 17th-ranked Duhawks as they defeated DePauw 2-1 in light snow. Senior Mike Gordon scored the game winner for Loras.
In the later match, the snow took on blizzard-like conditions as Wheaton (Ill.) defeated St. Olaf 2-1 in overtime. The match was evenly played yet Wheaton edged the Oles in shots 23-18. After a 1-1 score in regulation, sophomore Max Carey won the match in the 95th minute. Saturday's quarter-final match is scheduled for 5:00 pm CT. Loras and Wheaton met earlier this season with the Duhawks shutting out the Thunder 2-0.
|Calvin junior Carly Veenstra scored in overtime for the Knights win
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In Gambier, Ohio, top-ranked host Kenyon knocked out the defending champs Tufts 3-2. Lord's sophomore Henry Myers scored the key goal with just 20 second left to play in regulation. In the closely fought match, Kenyon owned a slight edge in shots at 15-13, but the Jumbos grabbed six corners to the Lord's one.
In the second match, despite being outshot 14-9, No. 3 Calvin shutout No. 11 Franklin and Marshall 1-0. Knight's senior Nick Groenewold notched the only goal of the match in the 32nd minute of the first half. Senior goalkeeper Niko Giantsoupolos the had six saves in the win. The host Lords face off against Calvin at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday for the chance at a trip to Kansas City.
In women's action, sectional host and fifth-ranked Carnegie Mellon fell to No. 11 Calvin 1-0 in overtime. Calvin junior Carly Veenstra scored the winner just two minutes into overtime. Calvin sends both the men's and women's teams to the Elite Eight for the second time in program history.
The later match featured No. 12 Centre blanking No. 8 Thomas Moore 1-0. Senior Rachel Harris scored the winner for the Colonals with just three minute remaing in regulation. Calvin and Centre play for the right to advance to the Final Four on Saturday at 1:00 pm ET.