UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Fourth-seeded Tiffin University downed third-seeded Northwood University on penalty kicks to claim the 2011 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) men's soccer tournament title, played Saturday (Nov. 5) at the Saginaw Valley State University Soccer Complex.
[Click here for NU-TU Box Score] (Release courtesy of the Tiffin University Sports Information Department)
Tiffin University must love playing in the GLIAC Tournament.
For the third time in the last four seasons, the Dragons won the GLIAC Tournament Championship, this time outlasting Northwood 2-2 after two overtimes and winning 3-2 on penalty kicks in a dramatic conclusion to the tourney.
TU (10-5-4) had the lead twice in regulation but the Timberwolves refused to die. Ashton Campbell scored twice, first in the 52nd minute after a scoreless first half, then again in the 74th minute. Both scores came on passes from Edison Benda.
Northwood's goals came from Joey Censoni in the 62nd minute and then from Brent Schmid in the 78th minute.
Shots were even at 13-13 while corner kicks were also even at 7-7. Northwood held a 2-0 shot edge in the first overtime while TU had a 2-1 edge in the second overtime before it went to penalty kicks.
Northwood missed its first two PK attempts, while Michael O'Neill and Campbell gave TU a 2-0 lead to start. Northwood got on the board with their third shot, but Daniel Agosta made it 3-1 as the Dragons closed in on the win. Northwood scored on their fourth shot to make it 3-2, and the door briefly opened for the Timberwolves when Nick Kutch missed his penalty kick. But TU's Jeremy Ashley made a huge save on Northwood's final shot to secure the championship for the Dragons.
Overall Ashley had 5 saves in the game over 110 minutes.