Chicago, Ill. – The University of Redlands men's soccer team was left stunned after a 3-2 loss in overtime to The University of St. Thomas in the Elite 8 Round of the NCAA Championship Tournament.
The Bulldogs dominated play early against St. Thomas posting their first goal at the 7:57 mark on a diving header by Arman Mogharei off of a cross by Chase Boone. Redlands kept the 1-0 lead going into halftime. Just under 15 minutes into the second half the Bulldogs got on the board again off of a beautiful comination by Alexander Knox through Arman Mogharei. Redlands carried this 2-0 lead through the 70:00 mark.
The Tommies broke through 70:19 when Tony Kuplic a long pass by Redlands goalkeeper Josh Haskill. Then with just over 11 minutes to go, confusion in the Redlands box led to a defender deflecting the ball off of a close-range shot. A direct red card was given for the use of hands and
Shae Bottum buried the penalty kick for the tie.
Redlands kept up the pressure playing a man down until the end of regulation, with one shot grazing off the St. Thomas crossbar and the Tommies goalkeeper diving to smother a ball just as a Bulldog forward arrived.
Just as they have in three previous playoff games the Tommies put the ball in the back of the net in overtime after scoring tying goals with less than three minutes left in regulation.
The No. 25 Redlands won its Sweet 16 game against top-ranked and undefeated Chicago on Saturday, 3-2. The team began their run in the NCAA Tournament in Greencastle, IN knocking off DePauw and Trinity (Tex.). This was the Bulldogs' third time in the NCAA quarterfinals and the first since 2007.
Redlands closes out its impressive campaign with an overall record of 18-6-1 that included the program's third-consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) regular-season championship and back-to-back postseason tournament titles.