HANNIBAL, Mo. – No. 15 seed Hannibal-LaGrange University will move on to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Championships presented by Orthopedic Group, P.C. and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. in Orange Beach, Ala. after tying Biola University and advancing 4-2 in penalty kicks.
The Trojans and Eagles were knotted up at one after the completion of two overtimes to move into the penalty kick stage. Hannibal-LaGrange's Alejandro Porras, Javier Aguado and Felipe Silva made the first three penalty kicks for the Trojans while Cody Shelton was the only Eagle to find the back of the net during Biola's first three penalty kicks. Zach Bautista's shot deflected off of the crossbar while Trojan goalkeeper Logan Miller made a diving save on Marco Ruvalcaba's penalty kick.
Adolfo Cazorla missed the Trojans fourth penalty kick due to a diving save by Eagle goalkeeper Aaron Flenlason. Eagle Julio Cuevas made things interesting as his penalty kick sailed past Miller to close the Trojans' penalty kick lead to 3-2.
Trojan Sergi Beltrol ended all hope for the Eagles as his penalty kick found its way past Flenlason and into the back of the net to advance the Trojans past the opening round.
The Eagles scored the game's opening goal in the eighth minute after Bautista's shot deflected off of the Trojan goalkeeper. Daniel Chew picked up the deflection and calmly placed the ball into a wide open net.
Biola's lead didn't last long as the Trojans hit the equalizer in the 12th minute of play after Biola's keeper deflected the ball toward the top of the box and to the feet of Beltrol who lofted a shot into an open goal.
The game remained tied after 90 minutes of play as both Biola and Hannibal-LaGrange put up a scoreless second period. The Trojans outshot the Eagles 11-2 in the second half but all seven shots on goal were saved by Biola's goalkeeper.
Hannibal-LaGrange roughed it out in the first overtime as it went against a strong wind and played a man down for the final eight minutes of the period. Joao Junqueira received his second yellow card in the 92nd minute to give the Eagles a one man advantage. However, Biola wasn't able to capitalize on the situation as it only got one shot off in the first overtime.
With the wind at its backs, the Trojans completely dominated the second overtime but were unable to find a golden goal. Hannibal-LaGrange got off five shots in the period with two on goal before advancing to the shootout stage.
The Trojans will have the Thanksgiving week off and will face the No. 2 seed Lindsey Wilson University in Orange Beach, Ala. on November 28 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).
Hannibal-LaGrange University is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) institution and a member of the American Midwest Conference.