Men's Soccer Falls in Penalty Kicks to Close out NCCAA National Tournament
December 3, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
KISSIMMEE, Fla.- Although the stakes were not for a National Championship on Saturday afternoon for the Palm Beach Atlantic men’s soccer team versus Oakland City University the two teams did participate in one of the more exciting scenes in sports which are penalty kicks. The two teams concluded regulation tied at 1-1 and moved directly to penalty kicks where OCU came away with a 4-2 win.
The loss for PBA technically goes in as a tie as their tournament record for the 2011 NCCAA National Tournament will officially go down as 1-1-1 following a loss against Geneva College in their tournament-opening match and then following up with a victory over Grace College before their match with OCU.
PBA took a 1-0 lead in the match early in the second-half following a scoreless first-half. A cross sent in by freshman AJ Black on goal was deflected off a sliding Oakland City player that went in for a score on the PBA side in the 50th minute.
The Mighty Oaks would follow up the own goal with a match-tying score just eight minutes later as Nick Little found teammate Nico Gercke.
Moving ahead to the penalty kicks session, the Mighty Oaks would set up first and deliver followed by a miss from PBA’s Chris Karafilov.
After OCU missed their second attempt, the Fish would tie things up on a score from Kenny Hogg as PBA’s second shooter.
OCU would not be denied again however as the made their final three attempts while PBA’s Kevin Ireland would net a score however junior Charlie Hubbard would be stopped short for the 4-2 advantage for Oakland City in the NCCAA fifth place match.
A physical contest, a total of 23 fouls were called between the two teams including 15 on the Oakland City side while seven cards were issued including one red card to PBA player Lewis Thompson in the 83rd minute. OCU was issued five of the seven cautions.
The tie closes out the season for PBA as they put together another successful season as they finish 13-8-1.