Soccer (M)

Men's Soccer Ends Season with 5-4 OT Loss to Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Paul Hopkins' header eight minutes into overtime capped off a wild match as No. 14 Tusculum College advanced to the NCAA Division II Appalachian Region final with a 5-4 OT victory over Catawba College Friday evening at Pioneer Field. The Pioneers (16-2-2), seeded second, will now face arch-rival Carson-Newman College, the top seed in the Region Tournament. Catawba ends its season at 14-6. Hopkins bookended the scoring, denting the back of the net with the first and last goals of the match. His first came early at the 1:13 mark, heading in a cross from freshman Matt Ross. Hopkins added his second just over a minute later, putting home a pass from junior Jeremy Partin. Catawba rallied with two scoring tallies three minutes apart. Junior Kenny Crowe (Reeders, Pa.) converted a penalty kick at 12:23 before sophomore Nathan Zuzga (Troy, Mich.) put back a rebound off the foot of freshman Ryan Villiard (Holiday, Fla.) at 15:11. The match did not stay tied long. Tusculum senior Andre Nesfield got the lead back 29 seconds later on a breakaway and four minutes after that, an own goal by the Indians gave TC a 4-2 lead. Catawba pulled to within one in the 30th minute on junior Zay-Zay Gilewala's (Monrovia, Liberia) team-leading 19th goal of the season. A turnover at the top of the 18-yard box resulted in an open net for Gilewala as the teams headed into the break with a 4-3 score. Two minutes into the second half, Catawba knotted the match at 4-4. Zuzga broke free on a breakaway, but his shot was stopped by Tusculum netminder J.P. Swaminathan. Sophomore Jason Dumond (Coppell, Texas) was there to put back the rebound. After eight goals in just over 47 minutes of play, neither team managed to score for the next 51 minutes as the teams battled through the end of regulation and into extra time. Both sides managed scoring opportunities in overtime, but Hopkins ended it at 98:00, heading home a cross from freshman Damion Scott (Brampton, Ontario). Swaminathan made seven stops in net for the Pioneers while his counterpart, sophomore Brian Roe (Clearwater, Fla.), who went the last 91:55 for the Indians, had seven saves and allowed three goals. - NCAA - Score by Period 1 2 OT F Catawba (14-6) 3 1 0 4 #14 Tusculum (16-2-2) 4 0 1 5 Scoring Summary TC - Paul Hopkins (Matt Ross), 1:13 TC - Paul Hopkins (Jeremy Partin), 2:16 CAT - Kenny Crowe, 12:23 (PENALTY KICK) CAT - Nathan Zuzga (Ryan Villiard), 15:11 TC - Andre Nesfield (Gerald Watt), 15:30 TC - OWN GOAL CAT - Zay-Zay Gilewala, 30:22 CAT - Jason Dumond (Nathan Zuzga), 47:01 TC - Paul Hopkins (Damion Scott), 98:00 Shots: TC 17, CAT 22 Corner Kicks: TC 7, CAT 2 Fouls: TC 17, CAT 18 Offsides: TC 7, CAT 6 Goalkeeping TC - J.P. Swaminathan (98:00, 4 GA, 7 saves) CAT - Dan Fitzgerald (6:05, 2 GA, 0 saves); Brian Roe (91:55, 3 GA, 7 saves) Cautions TC - Tony Prisco (6:05); Gareth Williams (58:30) CAT - Kyle McAleese (64:02) A - 131

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