Men's Soccer Edged in HAAC Semifinals

Ravens fall to No. 2 Baker 3-2

  • Thursday, November 10, 2011

BALDWIN City – The third seeded Raven men's soccer team hit the road just over 24 hours after eliminating Central Methodist University on Tuesday to take on NAIA No. 2 and second seeded Baker University in the 2011 HAAC Postseason Tournament semifinals.

After regulation finished in a 2-2 draw, the match was settled in extra time with Baker (17-0-1) edging Benedictine (15-3) 3-2 with a goal during the 106th minute of play.

After falling behind 1-0 on a goal during the 18th minute, the Ravens started to capitalize on their scoring chances in the second half.

Forward Kyle Greig (Sr., Olathe) took a cross from midfielder Troy McKerrell (Jr., Argyll & Butte, Scotland) during the the 62nd minute to draw the game even.

During the 70th minute, McKerrell capitalized on a free kick deep inside Baker's end and pushed his shot just under the cross bar past Baker keeper Matt Bickley.

Baker's game-tieing goal came during the 86th minute when they were able to push a shot past Raven keeper Mark Saxby (Sr,. Olathe) on a loss ball deep in the box.

The two teams played through a scoreless first golden goal period, pushing the match into a second extra period where the Wildcats capitalized from about 25 out.

Baker advances to the HAAC Tournament championship match on Friday while the Ravens wait for word on their postseason chances.

Benedictine was ranked 14th in the final regular season poll released on Tuesday afternoon.

In the second modified RPI ranking, which was released on Oct. 26, Benedictine was 14th. The MRPI will determine the at-large bids into the NAIA Playoffs.

The final Top 25 coaches poll and MRPI rankings will be released on the NAIA website on Sunday afternoon.

Should Benedictine earn an at-large berth, a full release will be posted at www.ravenathletics.com as soon as the information is available on Sunday.