OCU Men's Soccer End Story Book Season
OCU Men's Soccer did the unbelievable. In 2007, the program hit rock bottom, going 1-16. In 2008 OCU hired Josh Murton and he led them to a 10-5-1 record, a school record. In 2009 the men took one more step towards being nationally known and took the nation by storm by going undefeated in the National Tournament. OCU started by upsetting 2 time defending National Champs, Manhattan Christian College 1-0 in overtime. The game winner from Dave Blamo sent the bench streaming to the field and a celebration as OCU was stated by CCSNonline.com as "Pulling off the biggest upset in NCCAA D2 History".
The story didn't end there. Although OCU had won a big game, no one gave them any hope to beating, let alone competing against, Clearwater Christian College. After full time and two over times of no scoring, it went down to penalty kicks. Clearwater came out on top, 3-4 and moved on to what would be their first national title, but under the rulebook from FIFA (Football International Federation Assoc.) the game does not count as a loss.
Next, the men played Providence College, the #1 seed in the tournament who was upset by Southeastern College. At half no one had scored but OCU opened up the scoring by Dexter Chapman gaining form from his 2008 season and scored a beautiful go ahead goal. Providence College scored next, which marked the first goal OCU gave up in over 280 minutes of play. The OCU Men came right back and Joe Ramsey scored the game winner while Emanuel Harris solidified the win moving it to 3-1.
The men shocked many and became the "Cinderella" story of the tournament. The dream of making this team into a nationally ranked program has come true...
OCU IS #3 in the Nation and finished with a 17-6-1 record.