As the clock hit 0:00, Trinity’s Kyle Aultman knocked down a last-second shot from Stephen Grider to preserve a tie, which was enough to propel the Trinity Baptist College Eagles to the National Championship game. After 110 minutes of fast-paced soccer, the Eagles and the Bruins of Bob Jones University finished in a scoreless tie.
With under 10 seconds remaining in Overtime #2, the Bruins’ defense sent a long pass down field to Grider. He positioned himself and got off a hard line drive from just outside the box that would have won it for Bob Jones, but Aultman took two steps to his left and deflected the ball away from the goal right as the final buzzer sounded.
The tie means that both teams finish Pool A play with one win and one tie for a total of four points. The first tiebreaker is total goals allowed, which Trinity wins 0-1. Both teams defeated Kansas Christian College. Trinity won 1-0 Wednesday night, and Bob Jones won 3-1 on Thursday. Had Grider’s final shot gone in, Bob Jones would have advanced.
Aultman saved five shots on goal from the Bruins while Bob Jones goalkeeper Andrew Kester did the same to the Eagles. Trinity took 18 total shots. Juan Grimaldo and Josh Broines each took four, Garret Feustel and Clayton McDaniel each had two, and six teammates each attempted a goal. For Bob Jones, Grider shot the ball five times while Jesse Rush shot three, Andrew Peterson and Jared Simmons had two apiece, and three Bruins each tried once.
Trinity will play Pensacola Christian College (Pool B’s winner) Saturday night for the NCCAA Division 2 National Championship. Pensacola defeated Providence University College 2-1 on a penalty-kick goal from Paul Stewart with 45.8 seconds left in regulation in Friday’s first semifinal.
The Eagles are looking for their second title in three years, having won it all in 2015.
Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. EST, and the game will air on Bob Jones University’s Live Stream on https://livestream.com/bju.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
Photo: Bob Jones University Live Stream Screen Shot