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Men’s soccer play in NCAA championship for first time in WSU history

WSU vs. Marshall Mens Soccer | Photo by Daniel Delgado | The Wright State Guardian

WSU vs. Marshall Mens Soccer | Photo by Daniel Delgado | The Wright State Guardian

For the first time in Wright State history, the Men’s Soccer team played in the NCAA championship tournament.

After two fierce matches against Notre Dame and Michigan, and an incredible season, the soccer team’s run finally came to an end.

The Men’s Soccer team dominated the field this season, ultimately leading them to win the title of Horizon League champions.

With lots of hard work and determination, the team made it to the second round of the tournament, falling to the Michigan Wolverines in a penalty kick shootout 4-5.

In their first appearance, the Raiders took on Notre Dame, bringing home the first championship win with a final score of 3-2.

D Alex Hummel (12) scored the first goal for Wright State in the first half, only to have Notre Dame counter and tie up the score 1-1 five minutes into the second half.

The Raiders were ready to fight back and within three minutes of each other, F Zion Beaton (17) and MF Deri Corfe (11) scored back-to-back goals around the 70’, bringing the score to 3-1 and putting WSU in a comfortable lead.

In the last 10 minutes of the game, Notre Dame scored once more, but it was not enough to defeat their opponents. This brought the final score to 3-2 and sent the Raiders onto the second round of competition.

With the fresh win against Notre Dame, the Raiders traveled to Michigan to play the Wolverines just three days later.

On Sunday night, the Raiders took to the field for their second game in the tournament.

Michigan stood to be an equal match for WSU, and although several shots were taken by both teams, neither could put the ball in the back of the net.

After a full 90 minutes and an additional 20 minutes in golden goal overtime, the score was still 0-0, so the game was decided by a penalty kick shootout.

F Ids Hannema (22), Corfe and M Stefan Rokvik (9) all put a ball in the back of the net for the Raiders, but ultimately, it wasn’t enough to beat out Michigan.

In a close game, the Raiders took their final bow and ended their season against the Wolverines.

With a final record of 11-8-4 and a bid in the championships, it was definitely a year for the books.