Stars, Miller Golden In Overtime
Courtesy of Dominican University
RIVER FOREST, Ill. -- The Dominican University men's soccer team advanced into the third round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship, topping the DePauw University Tigers in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon on Trent Miller's (Rockford, Ill.) golden goal in the 98th minute.
The tally was just the third of the season and the first game-winner for Miller, a junior defender.
"Trent couldn't have hit that ball any more perfect," said Stars' head coach Erick Baumann. "He has a very strong left foot and the placement on the shot was nearly perfect and had to be to beat their goalkeeper [Tony Halterman] who was outstanding all weekend."
The Stars got on the board first in a very tense, physical matchup as Logan Marvin (Johnston, Iowa) notched his fifth goal in the last five games and eighth of the season in the ninth minute. After Ryan Roberts (Elmhurst, Ill.) sent Marco Alvarez (Aurora, Ill.) up the right flank, Alvarez was able to slot a pass to Marvin. After Marvin turned near the top of the 18-yard box to create just enough space, he was able to slip a shot inside the near post and past a diving Halterman.
The Tigers answered back in the 30th minute as Andy Morrison collected a Dominican University clearance attempt and played a ball to Matt Reda. Reda took one touch and slid a pass through the top of the 18-yard box to Jon Krok who dribbled left before ripping a shot into the side netting of the far post just past the outstretched hand of Dominican's Max Gutbrod (Slinger, Wis.).
At the close of the first half, the Stars ripped four shots in the final minute with Halterman making three saves before Dominican's Leo Elizalde (Wheeling, Ill.) hit the post to keep the scored tied at the half.
The score remained tied through the second half despite the Tigers ripping seven shots, but Gutbrod turned each shot away, including saving all three of DePauw's shots on goal in the second 45.
The lone shot in the overtime period proved to be the difference as Miller connected from 35-yards out, beating Halterman to the upper 90 with 1:53 to play in the first overtime.
The Tigers held a slight 13-10 advantage in shots, with Dominican putting six shots on frame to DePauw's five, while the Stars out-cornered the Tigers 9-3. Reflective of the physical nature of the match, each team was whistled for 18 fouls while DePauw's was booked for three cautions.
The loss closes out the Tigers' season, dropping DePauw to 14-2-5, while Dominican propels into the next round of the national tournament where they will meet the Wheaton College (Ill.) Thunder. Match details will be available Monday morning via NCAA.com.