Facing a do or die, bottom of 9th inning trailing by one, at the free throw line for two trailing by one with three seconds left, situation in its final game of the regular season, the NGU men’s soccer team pulled out a valiant 3-2 overtime victory over Emmanuel College of Georgia.
That thrilling victory lifted the Crusaders into the NCCAA national playoffs once again, and NGU (6-9) will now host a South Region play-in game against Tennessee Temple Thursday, Nov. 13 at Pepsi Stadium. Kickoff time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
NGU Head Coach Chad Gfeller was excited about the possibility of getting into the post-season once again. “We were up against a win or pack the bags situation in our last game, and the win gave us new life,” he said. “We didn’t have that many home games this season, and this will give us yet another chance to play in front of our fans in Tigerville with a trip to the regionals on the line.”
The Crusaders were the fourth seed from the South Region and Tennessee Temple was 5th. Should NGU win the play-in, they will advance to the NCCAA Regionals at Palm Beach Atlantic University Nov. 20-21. NGU defeated Tennessee Temple 4-1 Oct. 25 on the road.