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Saints Advance to WHAC Championship

11/06/2012 – The men's soccer team advanced to Friday nights WHAC Championship as they defeated Northwestern Ohio in a shootout. The Saints will now travel to Cornerstone to battle the Golden Eagles at 7 p.m. with an invitation to the National Championships hanging in the balance.

The Saints had defeated the Racers earlier this season by the count of 3-0, but knew nothing could be taken for granted come tournament time. Northwestern Ohio, who has seem to get stronger as the season went on, showcased their team speed and controlled tempo for most of the first half. A scoreless game quickly turned on a header by Malakai Field. The freshman from Catford, England found the back of the net during the 44th minute of play. Jesper Kallqvist was credited with the assist on the games first goal. The Racers found themselves with the one goal lead with 45 minutes to play.

The Saints, who were not ready to see their season end, found the equalizer during the 62nd minute of play. A corner kick by Michael Gagnon was deposited past the Racers keeper. Tyler Fischer also received an assist on Casey Higgason's 12th goal of the season. The two teams concluded regulation with the scored tied at one. The two overtimes came and went as well with no victor being crowned. The game would go to a shootout with the winner surviving to play another day.

Aquinas went a perfect five for five during the shootout to keep the pressure on Northwestern Ohio. Fischer, Higgason, Gagnon, Heath Somers and Billy Cremeans delivered the one-on-one goals. Northwestern Ohio converted the first, but the attempt by Kallqvist was denied by goalie Mike Sweers. The Racers would convert on the final three shots, but the Saints would advance 5-4 to the WHAC Championships.

Mike Sweers was credited with the victory as he recorded ten saves, while his counterpart (Liam Davies) notched three saves in the defeat.

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