Sat, Nov. 17, 2012 - [Men's Soccer]
For the third straight season, the Kansas Wesleyan Men's Soccer team hosted a NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Opening Round match and for the third straight time, the Coyotes fell in overtime. A rebound score by Olivet Nazarene's Logan Engelkes in the 98th minute ended the Wesleyan's stellar season on Saturday afternoon at Salina Stadium.
Olivet Nazarene used two goals in the first half as they played with a strong south wind to take the early lead. Todd Bevan scored the first goal in the 14th minute, playing a ball from the top of the box in for the goal and in the 27th minute, Paddy Hoepp scored on an assist by Engelkes.
Something inspired the Coyotes at the half as Wesleyan came out firing in the second 45 minutes. Diego Cocon got the Coyotes on the board in the 47th minute with a goal. Cocon's shot appeared to be rolling wide of the far post, and Olivet keeper Zach Chambers let the ball go and it found its way into the goal for the score.
Four minutes later the Coyotes were in the net again as Briant Reyes scored off a helper by Javier Cervantes for the equalizer. Wesleyan kept peppering the goal, but could not find the back of the net again.
Wesleyan nearly had the match winner in the 88th minute as Francisco Cantero had a header at the near post but instead of playing the ball down into the ground, he played it high and it scooted over the crossbar.
The Coyotes almost ended the match several times in overtime as Jose Velasco missed just wide and Diego Martinez' shot was saved out by the ONU defense.
The Tigers got their match winner in the 98th minute off a deflection off the post. Engelkes' initial shot was saved by Alex Montiel but bounced behind Montiel and Engelkes tried to clean the mess up with another shot that was nearly cleared by the Coyote defense but bounced off the post right back to Engelkes for the match winning shot.
Wesleyan outshot Olivet Nazarene 21-13 in the match led by Velasco and Reyes with five each. Francisco Marmolejo allowed two goals and had one save in 65 minutes in goal before giving way to Montiel.
Engelkes had five shots to lead ONU while Zach Chambers had seven saves between the pipes for the Tigers.
Olivet Nazarene advances to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship Final Site in Montgomery, Ala., with play beginning November 26 at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex. Kansas Wesleyan closes its season with a 16-3-2 record, but were the KCAC Regular Season and Tournament Champions for the third straight season.