The Miracle on Simon Field Extends Win Streak
Doane jumped out to a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into their contest with Dana College in a battle for first place in the GPAC on Wednesday evening in Crete. In the end, the Tigers received a miracle of a finish.
Monday Akogwu scored the first goal of the game for Doane, a lead that held until the final 20 minutes of regulation.
With 17 minutes remaining, Dana College got on the score board when Matt McConnell sent a pass in from the left end line and found Corbin Lukasiewicz for a header and tying goal. Just six minutes later, Dana took the lead on a TJ Bartels goal and it appeared the Tigers would suffer their first GPAC loss of the season after playing well in the first 70 minutes.
With 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Dana was called for a foul just inside the midfield line. The Tigers struggled to get the ball and players in place but chaos was on Doane's side. Sean Dougherty sent a long kick in and with 4.5 seconds remaining, Jace Peters headed the ball into the back of the net for a game-tying goal.
In overtime, Dana College had an opportunity to score a game-winner as Chris Kavinsky collided with a teammate off a corner kick and the ball rolled loose in front of the net. Wes Erickson was able to make a block on the shot attempt, keeping the Tigers alive.
With 2:43 remaining in the first overtime period, Kyle Smith received a pass from Dougherty for the game-winning kick and kept the Tigers atop the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Kavinsky finished with two saves in the game while Dana keeper Kurtis Kraatz finished with one.
The win for Doane improved the Tigers' record to 8-3 on the year and 5-0 in the GPAC. Doane won their eighth straight game, setting a school record.
The Tigers will travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to take on Morningside College on October 4 at 3:00 PM.