Mon, Nov. 25, 2013 - [Men's Soccer]
#6 Loras, 2
#7 Trinity, 1
The Loras College Duhawks are headed back to San Antonio, Texas following their 2-1 win over Trinity University in the Rock Bowl.
Alex Bradley and Mike Pizzello each scored in the second half to push Loras past a talented and creative Trinity University side on Sunday night. The goals erased an early deficit and send Loras back to their second consecutive Final Four in the Lone Star State.
The visiting Tigers opened the scoring after just nine minutes when a half-cleared corner kick was quickly back in front of the Loras goal. A deflection and quick touch set up Tom Carwile all by himself against Loras goalkeeper Dylan Milkent. Carwile drove home the opener at the near post. It would hold over the first 45 minutes as the Duhawks offense struggled to get going. Trinity took four shots and Milkent had two saves before the 20 minute mark.
As the half progressed , Loras pushed the ball onto the attack more but were unable to get anything past Matt Cardone in the Trinity goal. The Duhawks did take six shots and three corner kicks in the final ten minutes of the first half, but had nothing to show for it at the intermission.
Out of the locker room, the hosts imposed their will on the game. In the 51st minute, Tom Fluegel slipped a pass to Alex Bradley – who scored the opener/game-winner on Saturday night against Westminster – and the freshman rolled a quick shot past Cardone to even things up. Just seven minutes later, Mike Pizzello headed home a Kevin Cavers corner kick on the Trinity doorstep to put Loras in front.
The Tigers pushed for an equalizer as the second half progressed, but their efforts were hampered by a red card in the 68th minute. Goal-scorer Tom Carwile tripped up a wildly effective Dillon Olson on a breakaway a step outside of Cardone's penalty area and was shown red. Down a man and trying to salvage their 20+-win season, the Tigers were turned away by Milkent and company (and a Dillon Olson header off the goal line) five times over the final 20 minutes.
The win moved Loras' home unbeaten streak to 27-0-1 over the last two seasons. That run includes 19 shutouts and a 76-10 goal differential.
"We just gave it our all," Mike Pizzello told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald after the game. "One goal fell and then we knew that the game was ours."
"To be honest, we didn't get down at all," goalkeeper Dylan Milkent said to the reporter. "We knew we were going to get one back. We don't get shut out at the Rock Bowl."
Loras will play Rutgers-Camden (22-0-2) on Friday, December 6 in San Antonio in the semifinals as a result of their win on Sunday. Messiah (22-1-1) and Williams (15-6) will play in the other semifinal.