Nov. 22, 2008

Courtesy of Augsburg

DUBUQUE, Iowa (11/22/08) -- Nick Berndt (JR, Berwin, Ill./St. Joseph HS) scored on a crossing shot on a sprint six minutes into the second overtime, as host Loras College (Iowa) rallied from a 1-0 deficit to claim a 2-1 victory over Augsburg College in an NCAA Division III national playoff sectional semifinal game on Saturday night at the Rock Bowl.

Augsburg (12-4-7), in the NCAA playoffs for the first time in school history, took the lead two minutes into the second half, as Marcus Elmerskog (FY, Trondheim, Norway) scored on a header off a free kick by Andrew Seidel (SR, Woodbury, Minn.) from 30 yards out.

But Loras (19-4-1) tied the game in the 80th minute, as Justin McCord (JR, Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge HS) scored on a rebound off a scramble in the penalty box. Neither team scored in the first overtime, setting the stage for Berndt's game-winner in the second extra session.

Loras will advance to face Ohio Northern (19-5-1) in the sectional final on Sunday (11/23) at 6 p.m. at Loras, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III national semifinals on Dec. 5 in Greensboro, N.C.

Augsburg outshot Loras by a 15-13 margin, including a 6-1 edge in the first half. Loras outshot Augsburg 8-5 in the second half, and the teams both had four shots in overtime.

Pascaul Venter (JR, Rochester, Minn./John Marshall HS) had three saves in goal for the Auggies, while Nate DuBois (SO, Lemont, Ill.) had one save for the Duhawks.