ANKENY, Iowa—It was just "one of those nights" for the Eagles. After falling behind 2-0, then rallying to tie it, Faith couldn't get over the hump in a hard-fought, but disappointing 3-2 loss to a short-handed Nebraska Christian team in double overtime. The Eagles fell to 5-5 with the loss, which halted their two-game winning streak. Prior to the game, Faith honored its two seniors: Chase Clark and Andrew Young.
Nebraska Christian struck first with a fast-break down the left seam by Hezron Onchomba, who was simply too fast for the Eagles' defense to catch up with. The difference in the game though came on a penalty kick late in the first half which put the Sentinels up 2-0 and put the Eagles in a tough spot.
Faith came out much more focused and aggressive in the second half and cut the lead to 2-1 off a Chase Clark goal at the 57-minute mark. Thirteen minutes later, the Eagles tied it on a Josiah Zollinger kick, and the Eagles had all the momentum with twenty minutes to play.
Faith had four more chances to gain its first lead, none better than a shot by Chase Clark at the 85-minute mark, which couldn't quite find its way to the net. The defense held late, forcing the first overtime of the year for the Eagles.
The Eagles outshot the Sentinels 3-2 in the first overtime with a pair of extremely close plays but were unable to get the winning goal through the net, sending the game to a second overtime.
It looked like the Eagles were going to win the game early in the second overtime off a fantastic shot to the upper part of the net by Isaac Mosher, but the Sentinels goalie made a spectacular play to keep the game tied. With less than five minutes to play, Nebraska Christian lined up for a corner kick and placed a ball that lingered too close to the net for an instant too long. In a flash, Onchomba scored his second goal of the game, winning it for the Sentinels.
The Eagles will have their hands full with an extremely talented William Penn team that is 8-2 and is ranked #16 in NAIA competition, which is several levels up from the Eagles' NCCAA Division II opponents. William Penn is having its best season in school history and has won six straight contests. The Eagles lost 9-0 to the Statesmen last year. Game time is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, at Pyche Field in Ankeny.