November 4, 2015

Grove City falls to Geneva in double OT

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Senior forward Seth Loew (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) netted his 17th goal of the season to force overtime and the Grove City College men's soccer team nearly netted the game-winner in the first overtime period, but Geneva would score during the second extra period to claim a 2-1 victory over the Wolverines in the Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals on Wednesday night at Reeves Field.

Grove City held a slight edge in what was a fairly even first half, outshooting the Golden Tornadoes (12-4-3) 9-5 and 3-2 on goal, but neither team managed to find the back of the net as the game went to halftime scoreless.

Play would continue to be even early in the second half, but Geneva would strike with 18 minutes to play, as Jonathan Shoaf beat a defender and found Liam O'Halloran for a goal at the 72-minute mark.

The Wolverines would answer right back, as senior defender Tim Shackleton (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) served a ball from the left side into the box and found Loew, who headed the ball past Luke Nolan to even the score at 1-1 in the 76th minute. Shackleton recorded his team-leading seventh assist.

Both teams would have opportunities down the stretch but neither could convert as the game would go to overtime.

Grove City thought it had ended the game in the 97th minute when junior Dale Reese (Rocky Hill, Conn./Loomis Chaffee) ripped a bending shot from the left side of the box past Nolan and inside the right post, but the goal was waved off on a late foul call and the game would continue into a second extra frame.

In the 105th minute, Geneva would play a ball into the box from the left wing. Senior goalkeeper Ben Weaver (York, Pa./Dallastown) was blocked out in front of the goal and couldn't control the ball, and, in the scrum that ensued in front of the net, Geneva's Brandon Crider poked the ball inside the left post to end the game and give the Golden Tornadoes the win.

Weaver made six saves in goal in the loss. The Wolverines held a 17-11 adavantage in total shots, but Geneva held a narrow 8-7 edge in shots on goal.

Loew's goal gives him 106 points for his career, moving him into sole possession of second place on Grove City's career scoring list. Shackleton's assist, the 13th of his career, moves him into a tie for ninth all-time in program history.

With the loss, Grove City is now 11-6-1. The Wolverines will await a possible ECAC Division III South Tournament berth. The tournament field will be announced Monday afternoon.

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