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November 19, 2012

Last-minute goal sinks NSU in NCAA tourney play

The No. 22-ranked Northeastern State men’s soccer team saw its season come to a close in the NCAA Quarterfinals when No. 12 Saginaw Valley State scored a game-winning goal in the final minute of double overtime Sunday afternoon at DeLoache Field.

The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie through the first 109 minutes of play, but Zach Myers took a pass from Zach Walega and was able to send a screaming shot low far post into the net at the 109:05 mark. The two teams were a mere 55 seconds away from a penalty-kick shootout.

Saginaw Valley State (17-2-4) will now face No. 2 Simon Fraser on Nov. 29 in the NCAA Semifinals in Evans, Ga.

The RiverHawks ended the year at 13-5-3 despite outshooting the Cardinals by a 26-9 margin. NSU also put 11 shots on frame to just two from the visitors.

SVSU goalkeeper Jason Wise was sensational in net, making 10 saves to improve to 14-2-3 on the season. Freshman goalkeeper Eric Shephard (4-1-1) suffered his first collegiate loss after allowing the game-winning goal. He made one save in the match.

Northeastern State entered the NCAA Quarterfinals on the heels of a 6-3 victory Friday over Fort Hays State. The win was the first for NSU in program history in the NCAA Championship, and the six goals are the most scored in a game by any team in the national tournament this season.

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Liquor stores should be open Sundays, but drinks should not be served anywhere on Sundays.
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