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Men’s team suffers defeat

Jordan Rideout scores from the penalty spot to level the game at 2-2.
Jordan Rideout scores from the penalty spot to level the game at 2-2.

The men’s soccer team battled back from a 2-0 deficit in the final 20 minutes of the game against Western Illinois to force overtime at Durwood Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.

However this wasn’t enough as the visiting Leathernecks netted the game-winner in the 102nd minute. The defeat leaves the Roos needing results to go their way in the final round of games in the Summit League next weekend, in the hope of making the post-season championship tournament. This game also gave the Leathernecks the Summit League Regular Season championship and the honor of hosting the tournament in Macomb, Ill., next fall.

The Leathernecks gained their 1-0 lead in the first half when winger Daniel Lewis scored off a loose ball from about 15 yards out in the 10th minute. In the first half, the Roos produced five shots, forcing three saves from the Leatherneck goalkeeper.

The game was looking grim for the home side after Leatherneck Alexis Dominguez rounded Roo keeper Kevin Corby to make it 2-0 in the 58th minute.

As the defending regular season champions, the Roos were not to be outworked on their home ground and brought themselves back into contention after senior midfielder Luke Harman assisted freshman forward Jordan Rideout to make it 2-1. The game then turned physical, as eight cards were issued to members of both teams, including a red card for Roo Tom Black with just 51 seconds left on the clock and a staff member from Western Illinois was also dismissed. Late in the game, Rideout finished a penalty kick with ease to tie the game up at 2-2 and force overtime.

After an intense overtime period, a ricocheted shot from Leatherneck Hursef Jupic from the edge of the box ended the tie, despite calls for offside from the disheartened Roos. Jupic’s game winning goal ended the contest and granted the Leathernecks the regular season championship.

It is now a waiting game for men’s soccer team. After Saturday, the team will know if their 2-2-2 record will clinch a spot in the Summit League Tournament Nov. 11-13 at Durwood Soccer Stadium.

cchristopher@unews.com

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