Johnson, Ohio Northern defeat Montclair State in quarterfinals
SAN ANTONIO (Texas) -- Senior Cameron Johnson scored in the 82nd minute to give Ohio Northern a 2-1 victory against Montclair State on Sunday in the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Polar Bears are now 24-2-0 on the season, while the Redhawks conclude their season at 19-3-1.
This will be the first trip in school history to the semifinals for the Polar Bears. Johnson's goal came at the 82:15 mark when senior Nate Bascom dribbled towards the middle and found Johnson who buried it in the back of the net.
"Nate [Bascom] fed me a great ball in the middle," Johnson said. "I owed it to him to finish. When the ball went into the net, it was an unbelievable feeling."
Freshman Keegan Ross also notched an assist on the evening for his 53rd point of the season, which is a new ONU single-season record.
Northern had a chance in the 13th minute when Bascom sent a cross through the goalie box, but nobody was there to receive it. Freshman Shintaroh Itoh fired a shot in the 15th minute, but Montclair State goalie Anthony Rogic made a diving save.
In the 31st minute, senior Austin Windsor served a ball into the box that Bascom headed, but Rogic was able to make the save again. Bascom had another chance at the 33:44 mark, when he dribbled around the defense towards the middle, but his shot was saved.
The Polar Bears got on the board first at the 51:20 mark, when Ross dribbled around the defense and sent a cross that Michael Grossnickle put in the net.
The Redhawks were able to answer back in the 58th minute when Almir Batista passed the ball through the defense and found Matthew Deziel who buried his shot in the back of the net to tie it at one.
"Montclair State is a talented team," head coach Brent Ridenour said. "Defensively, we wanted a shutout, but to limit them to one goal is something we are proud of."
ONU had another chance in the 71st minute when Ross fed it to Johnson. Johnson then passed to Perkins who was unable to get much on his shot and Rogic hauled it in for the save.
The Polar Bears missed an opportunity in the 74th minute when Bascom fired a shot that was saved and deflected back out. Johnson was right there on the rebound and his shot was blocked by the Redhawk defense.
ONU then took the lead in the 82nd minute on Johnson's goal and Montclair State couldn't get anything going in the closing minutes, giving the Polar Bears the win.
"This win is great for the region, conference and program," Ridenour added. "We have worked hard all season to get here. We look forward to coming back to San Antonio in a couple of weeks."