Loras Soccer Loses Heartbreaker in Final Four
The Loras College men's soccer team dropped a heartbreaking game to the Scarlet Raptors of Rutgers-Camden on Friday night in San Antonio in the national semifinals, 3-2, in overtime. Loras erased a one goal halftime deficit and netted their first two goals in their fourth trip to the Final Four, but fell short after the unbeaten Rutgers-Camden team equalized late in regulation and struck again early in overtime.
The Scarlet Raptors were on the board first in the 13th minute after their fourth shot of the early going was tucked home by leading scorer Mike Ryan. The Duhawks pushed back with five shots over the final 15 minutes of the opening half, but went to the locker room trailing after six Dylan Milkent saves in the first 45 minutes and two for Mike Randall.
The second half was where the Duhawks proved to be a handful for their opponents. Loras took 13 shots and forced Randall into five saves over the second 45 minutes. They finally broke through when sophomore Richard Lenke smashed home the tying goal in the 80th minute from 15 yards out. It was the Duhawks' first goal in four trips to the national semifinals. Just five minutes later, Johnny Rummelhart send a pass to the Scarlet Raptors' doorstep where Tim van den Bergh headed it past Randall to give Loras their first lead.
It was a short-lived lead, however, as Rutgers-Camden pushed back with a final shot on goal of regulation following a corner kick. The shot at the far post slipped underneath Dylan Milkent and a Duhawk defender to extend the game with just 2:30 to play in the second half.
Just a minute into the first overtime, the Scarlet Raptors earned a seemingly harmless free kick near midfield. With the benefit of a steady wind towards the Loras goal and a scrum of confusion as the ball came down inside the Loras six yard box, the Duhawks found themselves abruptly in the loss column.
The 3-2 overtime loss ended Loras' season at 19-2-3.