Men’s Soccer NCAA Tourney Run Ends at the Hands of No. 4 Loras

Men’s Soccer NCAA Tourney Run Ends at the Hands of No. 4 Loras

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville men's soccer team's NCAA tournament run ended Friday night as the Pioneers fell to No. 4 Loras, 2-1, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championships.

The Duhawks took an early one-nil lead when Kevin Cavers ripped a shot past Ian Christensen from 20 yards out in the 9th minute.

The Pioneers found an equalizer in the 34th minute after a free kick from Chris Brown which found the back of the net on a low angled shot from 30 yards out. The half would end deadlocked at 1-1, with Loras holding a slim 6-5 advantage in total shots. 

Twenty minutes into the second half, Cavers found himself with space after turning his defender, and rifled a bouncing ball that found its way into the net, putting Loras up 2-1.

Not two minutes later, Erik Berkowitz was forced to slide inside the penalty area to prevent a shot attempt, resulting in the referee awarding UW-Platteville a penalty kick. With the 1,155 fans roaring, Brandon Chmiel, who was responsible for Loras' lone loss, stepped to the mark and sent his shot low and to the right, but Dylan Milkent would make up for the allowed goal in the first half, sending Chmiel's penalty kick out of danger.

Despite courageous attempts, the Pioneers were unable to find the equalizer.
The Pioneers finished one of their best seasons in program history posting 15-4-2 record and winning the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) championship.