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Oakland City Falls in Regional Finals

April 19, 2010 at 3:22 PM


Article from Mid-Continent - The number two seed Covenant College from Lookout Mountain, Georgia (11-5-2) shut out number four seed Oakland City University from Indiana (9-5-3), 2-0, and won the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Division I Mideast Region Men's Soccer Championship, Nov. 21, at Mid-Continent University's Cougar Soccer Complex. Covenant advances to the NCCAA Division I National Tournament, Dec. 2-5, at Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex in Kissimmee, Florida.

Oakland City, an NCAA Division II member, reached Saturday's regional championship match by upsetting number one seed Mid-Continent University (6-5-5), 1-0, in one of Friday's semifinals, and Covenant, a member of the NCAA Division III, scored the game-winning golden goal 2:13 into the first overtime period of its 3-2 victory over number three seed King College from Bristol, Tennessee (10-8-1) in the other semifinal.

Freshman midfielder Colby Robbins assisted on Covenant's first goal, which was scored by junior forward David Pifer, son of Covenant's head coach Nathan Pifer, just 5:49 into the first half, and Robbins then added an important insurance goal in the 79th minute on a direct kick from the corner of the penalty box. Robbins put a long, hard, low, curving pass expertly onto Pifer's foot for the first-half goal. He totaled three goals and two assists in the Scots' two NCCAA Regional matches.

Covenant outshot Oakland City, 21-6, and attempted 8 shots on goal to three for the Oaks and led 7-0 in corner kicks. Covenant goalkeeper, sophomore John Eger, saved 3 OCU shots on goal, and Covenant kept OCU's goalkeepers, Matthew Ball and Vance Graham busy making six saves. Graham saved five Covenant shots on goal in the second half. Pifer tried five shots, three on goal, and forward Julian Allgeier led Covenant with seven shots, three on goal.

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