Whitworth 2, Trinity 1
Whitworth 2, Trinity 1 (OT)Nov. 20, 2005
SPOKANE, Wash.- Todd Sabrowski's direct free kick from the right side in the fourth minute of overtime sailed into the goal and sent Whitworth College to its first ever NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Final Four, ending a dramatic 2-1 victory over 4th-ranked Trinity University.
The 5th-ranked Pirates (19-1-1) had to come back from a one goal deficit to tie the match and force overtime. Chris Johnson's goal at 82:45, on an assist from Niko Varlamos, knotted the score.
The Tigers had taken a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute when Tyrone Petrakis broke through the left side, drawing the Pirate defense. He crossed to a wide open Josh Peterson, who beat Whitworth keeper Kevin Bostock for his fifth goal of the season.
The first half was scoreless, but Trinity had the advantage for most of the period. The Tigers outshot the Pirates 8-4 in the first half and Bostock had to make a pair of saves on shots from Petrakis. Whitworth had one good chance to score in the period, but Ali Seyedali's free kick from the top of the box was saved up into the cross bar by Tigers' keeper Matt Handy.
Once Trinity took the lead the Pirates started to get their chances. Whitworth outshot Trinity in the second half, but many of the shots were just over the bar, or just wide. Two shots by Skye Henderson sailed just high.
After Whitworth tied the match, the Tigers had one last great opportunity to win in regulation. With three minutes left Petrakis split a pair of Pirate defenders in the box and was alone against Bostock, but the Pirate keeper got a hand on the shot and knocked it over the end line for the biggest save of his career.
Whitworth's winning goal was set up when Whitworth's Jon Carlson broke open just outside the Trinity box, drawing a foul and a yellow card against Rusty Harrington of Trinity. Sabrowski, the two-time NWC Defensive Player of the Year, cleared the wall with his shot and sent it into the upper left corner of the net.
Bostock finished with six saves for Whitworth, while Handy made a pair of saves for Trinity.
Whitworth advances to meet Gustavus Adolphus (17-2-3) in the semifinals at Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday, November 25th. Defending national champion Messiah College will meet Plattsburgh State in the other semifinal.
Trinity, which was trying to reach the final four for the third time in the last four years, and win a second national title, ends its season with a record of 19-2-1.
-- Courtesy Messiah