NCWC Soccer Season Ends in USAS First Round
Rocky Mount, N.C. - The men's soccer team of North Carolina Wesleyan saw its 2012 season come to an end on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the USA South Conference Tournament. Facing off against Greensboro College, the 4th-seeded Bishops and 5th-seeded Pride fought to a 0-0 double overtime draw, but GC advanced to semifinal play in Martinsville, Va. thanks to a 5-3 edge in penalty kicks.
Both goalkeepers turned in impressive performances as GC's Manbi Nyepon collected nine saves on the day and NCWC's Fabian Broich seven stops. Wesleyan held a slim 20-19 edge in shots, with Nyepon making a trio of saves in the second overtime.
After 110 minutes of scoreless play, the two squads moved to penalty kicks to see which team would advance to semifinal play. After GC was successful on its opening attempt, Wesleyan missed wide, giving the Pride an early advantage. The Bishops proceeded to connect on three straight PKs, but the Pride finished a perfect 5-for-5 to extend their season. Craig Gage's shot clinched, 5-3, as there was no need for the Bishops to take their final shot.
Greensboro (10-4-4) moves on to face top-seeded Christopher Newport next Friday. Wesleyan sees its season end with a 9-3-3 overall record.