Sixteen teams remained in the 55th Annual NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship in Montgomery, Ala. Final-site action kicked off at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex Monday, December 2nd. The 14-seed Eagles fell to third-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan, 2-1 in double-overtime, in the NAIA National Championship Second Round.
Concordia tied the game at 74:38 on a goal from Mario Soto, but In double-overtime, Shaddrick Kaphuka put one past Concordia keeper Jordan Brinkley to send Oklahoma Wesleyan to their first national championship quarterfinals in their first-ever trip to the final site.
The Concordia Eagles left everything they had on the field, going toe-to-toe with the larger Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles. Towards the end of the regulation and during both overtimes, multiple Eagles were overcome with cramps as they gave everything they had to keep the season alive.
It was a fairly even first half, with Concordia taking five shots compared to seven for Oklahoma Wesleyan, but Oklahoma Wesleyan did control the ball for the majority of the half, and game. Brinkley made four of his 10 saves in the first half as the teams went to the break at 0-0.
Oklahoma Wesleyan broke the tie at 66:35 when Lucas Corderio put home a rebound off the post. Soto tied the match eight minutes later for his team-leading 14th of the season. Adrian Padilla had a free kick from 20 yards out and put it off the left post, but Soto one-touched the rebound home.
At 81:18, Chris Rodriguez had a 15-yard shot from straight on, but Oklahoma Wesleyan keeper Luka Stanjanovic made the save. Brinkley made two saves over the final five minutes to send the match to overtime.
In the first overtime, Brinkley made a diving save as time expired to keep the game going. Oklahoma Wesleyan's chance came just one minute into the second overtime as a shot off the right post was put home. Concordia keeper Jordan Brinkley was absolutely outstanding, making 10 saves, all on legitimate goal opportunities and multiple scrambles in the box. His tough-luck loss dropped him to 14-5 on his freshman season. Oklahoma Wesleyan keeper Stanjanovic made two saves, with Rodriguez's marking the biggest threat.
"We played a great team and I am so proud of our group the way they played all year," Concordia head coach Chris Gould said. "The fight we put in against an incredible team, I can't say enough about the character of this group. We watched guys this season meet adversity, take ownership of their situation, and blossom. That is what this is all about. That is what life is all about."
Oklahoma Wesleyan took 21 shots with 12 on goal, as Concordia fired nine shots with three on frame. Concordia ended their 2013 season with a 15-5 record and Oklahoma Wesleyan improved to 19-3 and moved to the quarterfinals, with their opponent being decided tomorrow.
Concordia had an impressive 2013 season, winning the GSAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championship, and advancing to the NAIA Final Site for the second-straight year and third time in program history. Full season wrap to come in the coming weeks.