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THE COUNTDOWN - #4

#4 MCC Men’s Soccer Defeats Ohio in PK’s

There is not a moment in soccer with more pressure than a penalty kick. It’s a one on one, kicker versus goal keeper with all eyes on that play. There is no one there to help. It’s up to you and only you. In 2012 the men’s soccer team once again found themselves in Florida for the NCCAA II National Tournament and specifically a 3rd place game with Ohio Christian University.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw after freshman Steven Coates (York, England) scored on a free kick in regulation. Through both overtimes neither team could find the back of the net. That would leave the fate of the game to be decided by penalty kicks.

PK’s would begin with the Crusaders having the first opportunity to score. Each team would miss their first kick bringing up Coates for MCC. Coates would send his kick into the back of the net to give the team a 1-0 lead. The next kick for Ohio Christian University would be saved by junior GK Ricky Wiseman (London, England) giving MCC the advantage. Up by 1 with the advantage All-American junior Caleb Veer (Newton, KS) hit a beautiful shot scoring in the upper-right 90 to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. As OCU was running out of opportunities their next shot would be stuffed by Wiseman leaving MCC with a chance for the win. The next player to take a PK for the team would be none other than GK Wiseman. With ice in his veins Wiseman stepped up to the ball and struck a tremendous shot in the left hand corner giving Manhattan Christian College a third place finish at the NCCAA II Tournament.

You can watch the PK Shootout here.

That third place finish is the highest MCC has finished since winning back to back national titles in 2007 and 2008. With that amazing finish to 2012 look for the Crusaders to continue their climb back to the top in 2013.