TU Soccer falls in PK Heartbreaker in Opening Round

By: Thomas University Sports Information
By: Thomas University Sports Information

23rd ranked Thomas University gave #7 Auburn University at Montgomery all they could handle, but fell 7-6 in penalty kicks after being tied 3-3 through two overtime periods. The NAIA National Tournament Opening Round loss ends the Night Hawks' season at 15-3-3.

TU opened the scoring early with a Lyle Gifford goal in the fourth minute. Jarrod Ingram scored his 16th goal of the year in the 18th minute, off a Rowan Liburd assist (7) to stretch the lead to 2-0. AUM would storm back in the first half, taking control of the ball and scoring 2 goals in the next 24 minutes to send the game to halftime tied at 2-2.
The Night Hawks took the lead again in the second half when Ingram scored his team leading 17th goal from a Gifford assist in the 60th minute. The Warhawks would even the game 5 minutes later off a rebound, and the game would stay tied through regulation.

Neither team could mount a serious charge in the first overtime, with AUM taking the only shot of the period. The second overtime was much the same as the first, with each team tallying one shot in the period.

In the penalty kick phase, each team made 3 of the first 4 shots, with each keeper recording a save. On the 5th shot, Stacey Freeman was blocked, setting it up for AUM to win, but Sebastian Weladyko's shot sailed high over the bar to force a second round of PKs.

After selecting new shooters, each team missed their first shot, but made their second. On the third shot, Erik Persson knocked it in, and Alex Condell made a spectacular save for the apparent Night Hawk win. However, it was ruled that Condell came off the line early, and AUM was allowed a rekick, which was good. Each team would make good on their opportunity on the 9th shot, after the AUM keeper was whistled for the same violation, but Danny Zevallos had his shot blocked on the team's 10th PK.

The Warhawks Mathis Kroeger knocked in the game winner on the 10th and final shot.

The Night Hawks were outshot 24-15, but held the 8-6 advantage in shots on goal. Condell tallied 3 saves in goal. TU was whistled for 21 fouls to 14 for the Warhawks.


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