No. 3 Messiah stunned in PKs, will not have chance to defend title
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Messiah played to a scoreless tie through 110 minutes on Wednesday with Lycoming, and eventually fell 5-4 in penalty kicks in a stunning Commonwealth semifinal match. The Falcons outshot the Warriors 32-2 in the game but placed just seven shots on goal before falling in the shootout.
Justin Walker gave the Warriors a 5-4 advantage on the seventh round of shots, with Jack Thompson's next shot darting wide of the goal to give Lycoming the decision. Moments earlier, Jeremy Payne missed the Falcons' fifth shot which would have given them a 4-3 decision of their own.
Messiah falls to 18-1-1 with the tie and will be unable to defend their seven consecutive Commonwealth Conference championships. They will have to wait for the NCAA selection show on Monday to see if they will be selected for the NCAA tournament.
No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan 2, DePauw 2
Sophomore forward Evan Lee scored twice and senior back Alex Stanton converted the deciding penalty kick as second-ranked Ohio Wesleyan outscored DePauw on penalty kicks after playing a 2-2 tie in a semifinal matchup of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday at the Jay Martin Soccer Complex.
Ohio Wesleyan outshot DePauw, 13-0, during the overtime periods, and finished with an advantage of 33-15. Colin Beemiller made one save for Ohio Wesleyan.
No. 4 Rutgers-Camden 4, TCNJ 1
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Rutgers-Camden collected two goals in each half and went on to eliminate TCNJ 4-1 in a New Jersey Athletic Conference semifinal game.
The Scarlet Raptors, who improve to 18-0-2, advance to the NJAC championship game, which they will host on Saturday, trying to win their third consecutive conference title. Rutgers-Camden will face No. 3-seed Rutgers-Newark, which posted its own 4-1 win against No. 2-seed Montclair State.
TCNJ, which had tied Rutgers-Camden during the regular season, 1-1 in double overtime on Oct. 2 in Ewing, falls to 12-6-2.
The meeting was only the second time the two teams have played in the NJAC playoffs. TCNJ captured a 1-0 victory on its field in the 2005 conference championship game. Overall, the Lions lead the all-time series between the conference rivals, 22-7-5.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Oshkosh 2, Wisconsin-Platteville 1
Tony Starnes scored with 28 seconds left in the second overtime as UW-Oshkosh pulled out a 2-1 victory against UW-Platteville in a semifinal round contest of the WIAC championship held Wednesday at J. J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium.
Starnes, who owns a team-leading nine goals on the season, recorded the game-winner off a 30-yard pass from Karl Bock. The ball came in from the left side off the Bock pass and Starnes drilled a shot into the net from two yards out.
The triumph advances UW-Oshkosh (15-0-4) to the tournament's championship game on Friday.
UW-Oshkosh attempted 19 shots, including nine in the first half and six in the second. The five shots from Kirby Allen, three from Starnes and two each from Jan Nachtigall, Faisal Bah, Chris Kurth and Jonathan Stanley led the Titans.