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Delgado’s Golden Goal Sends Ancilla to Region 12 Semi’s

October 28, 2010

PERRYSBURG, OH – A golden goal by Luis Delgado in the 98th minute gave Ancilla College its first ever playoff victory in a 3-2 overtime thriller at Owens Community College on Wednesday.

The sophomore midfielder finished Horraine Lewis’s layoff from 25 yards out, sending Ancilla (7-9-1) onto the Region 12 semifinals for a date with NJCAA #4 Schoolcraft College.

It was Delgado’s eighth goal of the season and his third game-winning goal of the year.

“This is really a great moment for our program,” said Ancilla coach James Drzewiecki.  “Words can’t express how proud I am of the guys for the way they played today.”

Battling a strong wind, the Chargers fell behind very early in the match.  Kyle Whitmore staked Owens (11-10-0) a lead in the third minute, heading home a cross from Lamar Lemonius for a 1-0 lead.

Ancilla grabbed an equalizer in the 41st minute when fullback Anthony Acosta sprung Cody Koesters with a well-timed through ball.  Koesters cut past one defender and bent his shot around Pavle Udovicic for his 11th goal of the season.

The Chargers took the lead in the 65th minute on Augusto Tirabassi’s free kick, but would surrender the equalizer ten minutes later on a Michael Hamouda goal.

Ancilla failed to finish several more chances in regulation before Delgado’s heroics finally sealed the victory.

“We had an energy today that we haven’t always carried with us this year, and that energy really made us a dangerous side,” said Drzewiecki.  “Front to back, I really thought we played excellent soccer.  The backs were solid, our mids covered tons of ground, and we were getting plenty of dangerous runs from our strikers.  If we can keep up that effort, good things are going to happen for us.”

Ancilla will now travel to Delta College in University Center, MI, for the Region 12 semifinals.  They will kickoff against Schoolcraft on Saturday at noon in the first semifinal.  Immediately afterwards, tournament host Delta College will take on NJCAA #3 Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in the other semifinal.  The winners will play Sunday at 1:00 p.m. in the championship.