WAVERLY, Iowa -- Coach Steven Smith and Hope faced an opponent it had not seen in 10 years. Hope was able to defeat Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2-1 on Friday.
Logan Sikkenga got the scoring started early for Hope when he netted a goal 12 minutes into the first half. The goal was the result of a flurry in front of the net.
Hope ended the first half up 1-0.
It wasn't long into the second half that Hope netted what would eventually be the game winner. Matthew VanZytveld scored off of an assist by Grant Neil.
Wisconsin-Oshkosh tried to rally late in the second with an unassisted goal by Tony Starnes, but the effort was too little too late, and Hope earned the advance in the NCAA tournament.
Hope is set to face Wartburg at at 5 p.m. Saturday in the second round.