Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NCAA DIVISION II SOCCER, NATIONAL SEMIFINALS: PFEIFFER 2, CHARLESTON 1, 2OT ; Golden Eagles Fall to Pfeiffer 2-1 in Double OT

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NCAA DIVISION II SOCCER, NATIONAL SEMIFINALS: PFEIFFER 2, CHARLESTON 1, 2OT ; Golden Eagles Fall to Pfeiffer 2-1 in Double OT

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PENSACOLA, Fla. - The University of Charleston's dream season was derailed as the Golden Eagles lost to top-ranked Pfeiffer 2-1 in double overtime in the NCAA Division II soccer national semifinals Thursday night at Ashton Brosnaham Park. It was a cross pass from close range that ultimately decided the outcome. Pfeiffer's Nathan Regis initially whiffed on the pass from Santi Moar, but Jaime Siaj was right there to knock it in with 5:43 left in the second extra period.

Despite being outshot 8-3 in regulation, the Falcons (24-0), who made their first final four, dominated possession for much of the game.

But Charleston (20-3-0), a finalist last season, didn't give up and rallied late to force overtime as Will Roberts connected off a Lewis Osborne assist with just 98 seconds left in regulation.

Although it was the Golden Eagles who were more aggressive in both overtimes, the Falcons answered when it mattered most.

"We didn't play like ourselves tonight at all, and you have to credit Charleston for that, Pfeiffer coach Bob Reasso said. "We said to them that if we can get wide and get some crosses in the box, good things will happen. We're a good team. We weren't tremendous tonight, but we did tactically what we wanted to do, and it resulted in goals.

It was a hard-fought, physical battle early, as both teams were assessed yellow cards in the first half.

The Golden Eagles failed to connect on opportunities, but it was more due to the strong play by Pfeiffer goalkeeper Tomas Correa than errant shot attempts. Correa thwarted everything that came his way, until the end of the regulation.

The Falcons were led by Regis, who scored his 30th goal of the season in the 31st minute, off an assist from Moar. Pfeiffer controlled the ball most of the second half as well, but a switch to playing more defensive eventually cost the Falcons late. …

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