Men’s Soccer Loses Heartbreaker in Regional Championship Game
Coach Jeremy Miller had a great first recruiting class adding eleven new athletes to the roster this fall. After a rough season in 2012, the team improved their record significantly to 7-10 in the regular season.
The team went into the regional tournament seeded second. On Friday, November 1st KCU took on the number three seed Appalachian Bible College at Johnson University. In the twentieth minute Michael Lein was assisted by Caleb Yankey to put a ball in the back of the net giving KCU the advantage. Appalachian Bible evened the score with twelve minutes left to play. The Knights controlled the game but were unable to find another goal. After two overtimes the game went into penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Chace Adkins got a piece of the first two pks and was able to save the third. KCU came out on top advancing into the regional championship game vs. Ohio Christian University.
On Saturday the men took on OCU. In the regular season KCU lost to OCU 3-0, 2-0. The Knights were able to hold off Ohio Christian University until seventeen minutes left in the game when an unlucky deflection by KCU resulted in an own goal putting OCU up 1-0. The men fought hard to equalize the score but were unable to find the back of the net before the end of the game.
Freshmen Michael Lein, Jon-Eric Stiles and Logan Whitley were named to the first team all-region team. Seniors Koty Buck and Caleb Yankey, Junior Derrek Richardson and Freshman Robert Poe made second team all-region.
Mid-East Region Coach of the Year, Jeremy Miller had this to say about the season and the regional championship loss, “I could not be prouder of my team. We went from the bottom of the nation to playing in the regional championship. They work hard and are good kids on and off the field. I love being their coach. Losing by one goal in the regional championship stings but we are already looking ahead to a great 2014. Our team is very young; we are already becoming a team to beat. We are going to put in a lot of hard work in the off season and come in stronger next fall.”