Nov. 12, 2010

* Courtesy of Loras College Athletics

The Loras College men's soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championships on Thursday night with a 3-1 win over the Greenville College Panthers.

The Duhawks fell behind early in the match to the visitors, making Thursday's win the third straight come-from-behind. David Dunlop slipped a pass through to Cobi Allen who was alone with Loras goalkeeper Dan Wickman. Allen pushed the ball past Wickman and just inside the far post to give the SLIAC champions a 1-0 lead.

Wickman had only a handful of additional touches over the first 45 minutes as the Duhawks took seven shots on Nathan Haas and the Panthers goal. Among the three saves Haas made was a scrambling effort retreating to the front of the goal on a Justin McCord effort with about 10 minutes remaining in the half to keep the game 1-0.

The second 45 minutes left the host Duhawks with a much different taste in their mouth than the first 45 minutes. After less than three minutes of play in the second half the Panthers were called for a foul outside of their penalty area. Senior midfielder Miguel Bonilla evened the score on a brilliant free kick from 25 yards over the top of the Greenville wall and just underneath the crossbar.

Just less than eight minutes later another Panthers foul, this time accompanied by a yellow card, led to a Loras free kick. Andy Filipiak sent a flighted pass towards at the Greenville six yard box. Malcolm Calbert gave Loras the lead when he headed home Filipiak's pass.

Wickman needed to make two saves after the Duhawks took the 2-1 lead, and the Duhawks added a late goal to cement the victory in the 86th minute. Kyle Marxkors forced a turnover and quickly passed the ball to Sean Lewis, who headed home the game's final goal and took much of the drama out of the final four minutes by giving the Duhawks a two-goal cushion.

Lewis and Calbert each converted their second goals of the season. Bonilla's was his team high 10th and program best 55th of his career.

The win on Thursday sets up a rematch of a September 19 game between the Duhawks and Washington University Bears. Washington converted an early goal by Patrick McLean to win 1-0 on their home field. Kickoff is 1:00 PM on Sunday in St. Louis.

The win was Loras' 12th in six trips to the tournament.