Transy soccer advances to NCAA round of 16

DELAWARE, Ohio - For the second night in a row Saturday, Transylvania needed penalty kicks to advance in the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship, this time topping John Carroll to advance to the round of 16 in a tourney game played at Ohio Wesleyan.

Transy (15-2-3), is the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference representative, while John Carroll (13-8-1) won the Ohio Acthletic Conference's automatic bid into the national championship. The Cleveland based school bested Capital in the OAC Championship game to get into the NCAA tourney.

Transy will face the winner of Sunday's Washington (Mo.)-Dominican (Ill.) match in the round of 16 at a site to be announced.

Transy and the Blue Streaks were tied 0-0 after regulation and after two 10-minute overtime periods. The Pioneers took the penalty kick shootout by a 4-3 margin. On Friday, Transy also used penalty kicks to top host Ohio Wesleyan, 6-5.

Freshman forward Stu Hampson converted the deciding penalty kick as Transy outscored John Carroll, 4-3, in the shootout.

Hampson's penalty kick finished off a shootout which rivaled the amount of drama and tension displayed in the 110 minutes of play between the teams.

Trans keeper Trey Kramer opened the shootout by saving the kick of John Carroll's Louis Kastelic, but the shootout remained tied at 0-0 when the Pioneers' Matt Karaffa hit the right post with his kick.

Kramer came back and saved the kick of John Carroll's Mike Pinter, and Austin Price gave the Pioneers the lead with a successful kick to the lower right side of the net.

John Carroll's Jeff Kosek and Transy's Kevin Jones traded successful kicks, before the Blue Streaks' Scott McKinney tied matters at 2-2 with a successful kick. The score remained tied when Jabel Parayil sent his kick wide of the right post, bringing the set of 5 kicks down to the last round.

Alex Bernot gave John Carroll a 3-2 lead with a successful kick, but Ryan Dale kept the Pioneers alive by sending his kick into the lower left corner.

With the shootout now down to alternating shooters, Kramer put the Pioneers in position to advance when he saved the kick of John Carroll's Joe Ciacci.

Faced with elimination, John Carroll keeper Matt DeMarchi faced the kick of Ryan Wood. DeMarchi dove to his right and got a hand on the ball, which bounced off the left post and right across the goal mouth, almost going into the net on the right side.

John Carroll's Steve Rook then sent his kick wide of the left post, but once again DeMarchi guessed correctly, going to his right to save the kick of Transylvania's Matt Vogel and keeping the Blue Streaks in the match.

Kyle Buxman then sent his kick wide of the left post, and Hampson sent his kick into the lower left side of the net, moving the Pioneers into the NCAA Division III sectionals.

Transy had a 12-11 advantage in shots on goal, including a 6-4 margin in shots on goal. Corner kicks were even at 4 apiece. John Carroll had 20 fouls to 13 for the Pioneers. Kramer had four saves in goal for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers have earned NCAA Championship bids after each of the last four years, but this is the first time Transy has advanced past the first round.

The first and second rounds of the tournament, along with next weekend's sectional rounds, are being held on college campuses. The NCAA Division finals are set for Nov. 23-24 at the Disney Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

John Carroll advanced to second-round action with a 1-0 win over Calvin.