Men's Soccer falls in extra rounds of penalty kicks at John Carroll in the finals of the OAC Tournament

Men's Soccer falls in extra rounds of penalty kicks at John Carroll in the finals of the OAC Tournament

By Tim Glon

| 2018 OAC Men's Soccer Tournament site |

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — The fifth-seeded Ohio Northern men's soccer team played to a scoreless draw with top-seeded John Carroll for 110 minutes and were still even through the five regulation rounds of penalty kicks in the OAC Tournament finals on Saturday evening at Don Shula Stadium.

But the host Blue Streaks edged the Polar Bears 5-4 in the second extra round of penalty kicks to win the OAC Tournament title in seven rounds of PKs.

The match is recorded as a scoreless tie, with JCU advancing in the tournament 5-4 on penalty kicks.

Ohio Northern ends its season after its impressive OAC Tournament run as the No. 5 seed with a 13-7-2 overall record, while John Carroll wins the OAC's automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament and moves to 13-4-2 on the season.

In the shootout, freshman Levi King (Indianapolis, Ind./North Central) and junior Timothy Hoffman (Strongsville) each scored in the first two rounds to give ONU an early 2-1 lead.

JCU evened the score at 2-2 after three periods and both teams missed in the fourth round.

Sophomore Jimmy Walkinshaw (Plymouth, Mich./Canton) scored in the fifth round, but JCU matched that goal to keep it even at 3-3 after the regulation five rounds.

In the first extra round, junior John Sternasty (Akron/Revere) scored to put ONU up 4-3, but again JCU scored to even the match at 4-4.

Northern missed in its seventh round attempt and JCU's Lawrence Cersosimo followed with the match winner for the Blue Streaks.

Walkinshaw, junior Noah Bachwitz (Buffalo, N.Y./Williamsville North) and sophomore Beelal Hasan (Westerville/Thomas) were named to the All-Tournament team from ONU.

The Polar Bears out-shot the Blue Streaks 14-10 in regulation play and the two overtimes of the evenly played game.

In the second overtime, senior Dakota Swisher (Westlake) tested JCU keeper Liam McIntosh with a shot from just outside the box, but the JCU goalie made a nice save high on the near post to keep the score even.

McIntosh finished the game with eight saves for JCU.

Ohio Northern senior keeper William Velotta (Gates Mills/Gilmour Academy) was just as impressive, stopping all four of JCU's shots on goal.