Cardinal Men's Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks in NCAA Tourney Opener

Cardinal Men's Soccer Falls on Penalty Kicks in NCAA Tourney Opener

Davis & Elkins 1, Saginaw Valley 1 - Final
Senators Advance on Penalty Kicks, 2-0
Records: D&E (14-3-3) | SVSU (13-4-2)
Location: Schoenbaum Stadium

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The SVSU Men's Soccer team competed in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Division II Tournament on Friday (Nov. 10), facing the Davis & Elkins Senators at Schoenbaum Stadium. After the Senators took a 1-0 lead into the half, the Cardinals worked back and tied the game to force overtime. After two scoreless extra sessions, Davis & Elkins posted a 2-0 advantage in the penalty kicks, advancing to the second round.

The Senators got a header goal off a corner kick in the 21st minute of action, sneaking one in the far right side of the goal to take the 1-0 lead. 

The match remained with that score as the teams entered the halftime break, with the Cardinals holding a slight 5-4 edge in total shots despite being behind by the single score.

Saginaw Valley got on the board to knot the score at 1-1 when Chris Jacovou found the back of the net at the 54' marker, using a feed from Michael Shaikly to swing the momentum in SV's favor.

None of the other shots would fall for the Cards in the second half, as SVSU had 11 in the second 45 minutes and held the Senators to just four. 

That sent the contest to the first overtime session tied at 1-1.

SVSU had the offensive advantage in the first overtime session, getting off three shots with two that were put on goal and saved by Davis & Elkins. Neither team scored and sent the match into another extra 10 minutes of action.

The second OT session saw just thee total shots, one being by the Cardinals that was saved once again by the Senators. Time on the clock would expire once again, sending the match to penalty kicks to see who would advance to Sunday's second round contest.

The penalty kicks was where Davis & Elkins took advantage, squeezing two shots in to the back of the net, eventually winning the session 2-0 over the Cardinals to advance to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. match against Ohio Valley.

Inside the Boxscore

  • Saginaw Valley posted a 20-11 overall advantage in shots and 8-6 edge in corner kicks. 
  • Jacovou's goal was his fourth on the season.
  • Shaikly's helper marks his second assist of 2017.
  • Connor Rutz had team-highs with five shots and three on goal.
  • Michael Hamilton had three shots with two on goal. 

Up Next...

Saginaw Valley's season is complete after the setback to the Senators. The team competed in the NCAA Division II Tournament for the sixth time in the past seven years and will return all but four seniors from this year's squad.

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