Earlham advances to HCAC final
Victory is first in postseason for Quakers since 2000
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Goalkeeper Chris Marshall stopped two shots on Tuesday that made the difference for the Earlham.
"Chris Marshall saved the first and fourth shots and that was it," Earlham Head Coach Roy Messer said.
Marshall and his teammates extended their season as the No. 4 seed Quakers beat top-seeded Transylvania (11-4-4) in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
This was the Pioneers' first conference tournament loss since 2008.
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Scoreless after a second overtime session on Tuesday, the Quakers advanced to their first HCAC title match with a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks against the Pioneers, who had won their seventh consecutive regular-season championship last weekend.
"It was a really great match," Messer said. "The guys played well and defended so we were there at the end. It's great for the guys. We had played five overtime matches this season and not won. We won this one and it is a great feeling."
Corey Campbell scored on the first penalty kick to give the Quakers the advantage. After a Transylvania miss, Irhad Strika scored before the Pioneers made it 2-1.
In the third round of the shootout, Ameer Yusuf scored for Earlham and Transylvania also found the back of the net.
Michael Carrol scored in the fourth round before Transylvania's Conner Clark couldn't score against Marshall, which preserved the victory for the Quakers.
Marshall had four saves for the Quakers before the penalty kicks. Transylvania led 14-3 in shots and 13-3 in corner kicks.
The win was Earlham's first postseason victory since 2000.