Seattle 2, Dowling 1



WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Seattles Bobby McAlister netted a goal in the 95th minute of overtime to complete a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Dowling Friday night at the Midwestern State Soccer Field.

The Redhawks will face Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, a 4-1 winner over North Carolina-Pembroke earlier Friday, at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) Sunday.

"Theyre good. They are very dangerous and quick on the flank," Seattle coach Peter Fewing said. "Well have our work cut out for us. Theyre a good team. They can finish."

No. 1-ranked Seattle (21-0-1) will be gunning for its first national title since winning the NAIA championship in 1997.

Seattles Alex Chursky knocked a throw-in up to McAlister, who beat Dowling keeper Neal Kitson to the far post to move Seattle into Sundays national championship game.

"It worked perfect and I saw it coming and just try to stay over the ball and curled it far post," he said.

"We actually worked on that play quite a bit and sometimes it gets monotonous when youre working on throw-in plays, but coach said some day its going to come down and were going to score on it," McAlister said.

Dowling put the Redhawks in an unfamiliar position when Chris Kenney scored just under five minutes into the game. It was the first time Seattle had trailed since falling behind Cal-Poly Pomona less than two minute into the third game of the season.

The Redhawks persistence finally payed off in the 87th minute when Cameron Weavers pass through the midfield was misplayed by Kitson which allowed Adam Jensen to tie the game at 1-1.

"I just knew that that one had to go in the back of the net," Jensen said. "I was not ready for the season to be over. I had to do whatever I could to get that thing in."

Dowling ends the season at 17-2-5.

"That was a hardfought battle. Dowling is a tough team, very skillful and dangerous," Fewing said. "Im very, very proud of our team because we didnt quit."

--Trey Reed, MWSU