OCU Earns #1 Seed in Mid-East Region Tourney
The Men of OCU have charted into unknown territory, and they like it. After defeating rival Kentucky Christian in golden goal double overtime, 3-2, they learned they would hold the number one seed.
The game was not in hand for either team as both fought hard back and forth throughout the game. With thirty seconds left in the game, goalkeeper Dominic Lehman punted the ball down field and the center defender mis-judged it. Dexter Chapman ran on to the ball and put it away to score the game tying goal. "They were doing a good job on keeping us pinned down, but we caught them for a split second and we were able to capitalize on it" mentioned Coach Murton.
Overtime was just like the regular time, both teams battling it out for the win. "They are a good team. They came to play, and I am glad we stepped up to win a tough game." Coach Murton was referring to the game winning goal by Emanuel Harris who was being pushed from behind, then made a side step move with the ball to get around the goalkeeper. Then he just punched it in and the OCU bench stormed the field. "I have been in some exciting games, but this one is tops" explained Coach Murton.
Since, OCU has been dealt a few injuries and have fallen to OSU-Newark (1-9) and Appalachian Bible College (1-2). "We have been with out Dom (Dominic Lehman), Dex (Dexter Chapman), Street (Kevin Street), Vogel (Steve Vogelgesang) and Jordan (Jordan Wilson) for all or most of the past 2 games. That's no excuse for our play, but anyone can tell you that if your without 5 starters, it makes things a bit tough" explained Coach Murton.
OCU is now 10-4-1, it's the best record in school history and has turned things around from last years 1-16-0 record. They will travel to Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday to see who they play on Friday in the second round of the Regional tournament. The "play-in" game is between Johnson B.C. and Appalachian B.C. Whoever wins that will play OCU on Friday at 3PM. The Regional Final is on Saturday at 1PM.