Oklahoma Baptist, the seventh seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament, completed its improbable run with the league title Friday, tying John Brown through two overtimes and then winning a shootout.
Oklahoma Baptist, the seventh seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference men’s soccer tournament, completed its improbable run with the league title Friday, tying John Brown through two overtimes and then winning a shootout. The shootout puts the Bison into the NAIA Opening Round Nov. 17 at a site to be determined. “Man. Praise the Lord,” said OBU coach Brent Coates. “All praise, honor and glory is His. John Brown is a great team and John Miglarese is a great coach and had his team prepared for us. This environment was as good as any that I have been a part of. I’m so proud of my team for persevering and getting the win.” OBU took road wins at second-seeded Rogers State, third-seeded Wayland Baptist and fifth-seeded John Brown to claim the crown. Oklahoma Baptist broke a scoreless tie in the 53rd minute when Mario Maia converted a direct kick off the corner. John Brown had the answer 102 seconds later in the form of a Daniel Forry goal. After two scoreless overtimes, the game went to penalty kicks. The Bison went first and Chance Johnson made his for the Bison, followed by successful attempts by JBU’s Martin Gonzalez, OBU’s Pedro Pereira and JBU’s Chris Soensken. Felipe Souza’s shot for OBU got the good carom off the cross bar for a 3-2 edge. Marcus Oliveira made a diving save on Luke Theimer’s attempt for John Brown, giving the Bison an opening. Maia beat the keeper for a 4-2 edge for the Bison and JBU’s Eli Simonsen missed high to seal the match. OBU had 11 shots on goal through two overtimes with JBU’s Pablo Garcia turning away Johnson and Victor Costa twice and Souza, Tito Silva, Pereira and Andrew Thompson one each. Oliveira had two saves for the Bison heading into the shootout. OBU heads to the opening round with a record of 8-8-1. Note: Report provided by Ray Fink, OBU sports information director.