The University of Redlands men's soccer team advances to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Championships after rallying back to capture a 2-1 win over DePauw University. This was the second come-back rally in as many days for the Bulldogs, playing in Greencastle, IN. at host DePauw, winning in a penalty shootout over Washington University (St. Louis) on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s match.
After a scoreless opening half, the Tigers jumped on the board early in the second stanza, before the Bulldogs stepped up their intensity to convert two offensive opportunities and secure the win.
The Tigers started the second half on the prowl, as senior midfielder EJ Moore worked the ball to Redlands' defensive third. He slotted a nice ball to senior forward Zach Hoffman, who put it to the back of the net in the 48th minute.
While facing a deficit, the Bulldogs intensified their play by registering two shots and two corner kicks over the next 10 minutes. Moments after a Redlands throw-in, junior forward Chase Boone took a few fancy touches through traffic and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the net for the equalizer.
After a few minutes of aggressive play and possession changes, the Bulldogs earned a free kick from about 35 yards out. Senior midfielder Isaac Bogart placed a beautiful floater over the top that found the head of junior defender Ben Thompson for game-winner.
Junior goalkeeper Josh Haskill came up with three huge saves to preserve the Bulldogs' 2-1 lead against the final scoring efforts by the Tigers.
The Bulldogs (17-5-1) look forward to advancing on to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2011. They face No. 1 University of Chicago, which defeated Westminster College (MO) by a score of 4-0 their second-round match. The Chicago-Redlands match will take place on Saturday, November 19, at a site to be determined.
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