Savage scores OT game-winner to lift Saginaw Valley State past Rockhurst
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- Saginaw Valley State kept its season alive with a 2-1 overtime win against Rockhurst on Friday. The win avenges the Cardinals loss to the Hawks in the first round of last season's tournament.
The Cardinals (16-2-4) gained early momentum just eight minutes into the match when Zach Myers found the back of the net for his 15th goal of the season on an assist from Robert Short. Short connected with Myers on a low crossing pass for the 1-0 edge.
Rockhurst (18-3-2) evened the score in the 23rd minute on a goal by Ruben Perez.
The teams entered halftime tied at one and 7-7 in the shot column.
Neither team could notch the go-ahead goal in the final 45 minutes of regulation, moving the Round of 16 match into overtime.
The game-winning goal for Saginaw Valley came in the 96th minute when Lachlan Savage fired a ball on net that deflected off the crossbar and narrowly slipped by goalkeeper Ryan Bass. The golden goal was the 10th goal of the season for Savage as he capitalized on a great pass from Robert Short, his second assist of the match and team-leading 11th of the year.
The Cardinals picked up the victory as they outworked the Hawks by a 6-4 margin in the shots on goal category.
Senior goalkeeper Jason Wise picked up the win in net for SVSU as he made big saves down the stretch and in the overtime session to stave off elimination.
Saginaw Valley advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history and will play on Sunday.