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November 17, 2012

Men's soccer: Dream season ends for Susquehanna

SAN ANTONIO — With 16:08 elapsed in the first half, Susquehanna’s Brandon Kates tried to feed a header into the net, only to see it get blocked.

Two seconds later, Kates successfully found the net on the loose ball and gave the Crusaders the first goal of the game and a brief 1-0 lead early in the half.

That lead was short-lived however when Keegan Ross scored just four minutes later to tie it up when he was fed a pass by Nate Bascom.

Less than two minuets later, Bascam again fed a teammate, this time Cameron Johnson to give Ohio Northern the go-ahead goal and the Polar Bears never looked back.

Ohio Northern scored twice in the second half and defeated Susquehanna, 4-1, in the third round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday afternon.

Austin Windsor scored Ohio Northern’s third goal at the 54:05 mark off a nice set piece from Chris Matejka’s corner kick.

Ross added Ohio Northern’s final goal when Chuck D’Imperio sent a pass perfectly to Ross who managed to head it in past Susquehanna goalie Matt Salsman for the 3-goal lead with just over 11 minutes to play.

Susquehanna had 20 shots in the loss, however only two were on goal — one each by Kates and Patrick Fry. Fry led Susquehanna’s offense by firing four shots as well.

Salsman had seven saves in the loss for Susquehanna.

Ohio Northern wasn’t afraid to fire at Susquehanna’s defense, recording 11 shots on goal and rifling 23 shots. Goalie Mac Church recorded just two saves.

Susquehanna ends the year going 18-3-1 overall. The Crusaders swept the Landmark Conference Playoffs with two 1-0 wins over both Drew and Scranton.

In the NCAA tournament, Susquehanna defeated Cabrini 1-1 in penalty kicks in the first round before blanking Rochester (N.Y.), 1-0, in the second round.

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