TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Saginaw Valley defeated Northeastern State 1-0 Sunday to advance to the NCAA DII Men’s Soccer semifinals for the first time in school history.
The Cardinals and Riverhawks entered the half tied 0-0 after the first 45:00 minutes of play. SVSU’s only scoring opportunity came in the fourth minute when midfielder Robert Short let loose a shot that was gathered up by goalkeeper Eric Shephard.
The second half of play would go much like the first half, with neither team being able to notch the go-ahead goal, forcing the game into overtime.
The Cardinals and Riverhawks remained scoreless through the first overtime, forcing the game into a second overtime period. Saginaw Valley finally struck in the 109th minute when Zach Myers pounded the ball home from 10 feet out after junior Zach Walega made a hard run up the right side, allowing him to find Myers in the box for the shot.
Senior goalkeeper Jason Wise played big all afternoon for the Cardinals, stopping all 10 Riverhawk shots he faced.
Saginaw Valley advances to the national semifinals for the first time in school history and will play Simon Fraser on Nov. 29. The final two rounds will be played in Evans, Ga. on Nov. 29 and Dec. 1.