Maryville College advanced to the USA South Men's Soccer finals behind a thrilling 2-1 double-overtime victory over Methodist University on Friday night.
The Scots' Johnny Rakhmonberdiev netted both of their goals on the night, as his game-winner from 30 yards out remained lodged in the net until coaches retrieved it.
Maryville will advance to Saturday's USA South Championship match, as they take on 2-seeded N.C. Wesleyan. The Scots and the Battling Bishops finished as Regular Season Co-Champions after MC downed N.C. Wesleyan during a 2-1 overtime thriller in Rocky Mount, N.C.
Friday's win is a milestone for Maryville, as it breaks the school record for most wins in a season. The Orange and Garnet currently sits at 17-2 on the year with a No. 23 ranking nationally according to D3Soccer.com. The Scots break a record that had stood for 28 years, as MC posted a 16-4-0 mark that year.
With a win tomorrow, the Scots would earn the conference crown and the automatic NCAA qualifier. The men's squad has not been to the National Tournament since 2005, and they are seeking only their fourth trip in school history.
First touch for tomorrow's match is slated for 6 p.m.
Methodist (8-8-1) got on the board first during the 81st minute of play. Austin Lang dribbled the field, forcing Maryville's Ryan Jorgensen to advance on him. She shot it past the First-Team All-Conference keeper and into the top right of the net for a 1-0 Methodist lead.
It would take Maryville only 2:09 to find the equalizer. Tim Baker continues his record streak with his XX assist on the year. Baker lofted a pass in to the box, finding Rakhmonberdiev. The sophomore used a header and skipped it into bottom left corner for a 1-1 match.
The two squad would remain tied through the first overtime, before Maryville would take the semi-final behind the foot of Rakhmonberdiev.
In the 103rd minute, the Sevierville, Tenn. native dribbled around the box. He stopped in the front, trapped the ball and left footed it from30 yards out to end the match immediately.
Jorgensen led Maryville with three saves in goal, which included a laser from 10 yards out during the first half. Jorgensen pulled the ball from midair on what would have been the deciding goal in the match.
The Scots outshot Methodist 21-15, as they posted six on goal. Monarch keeper Jonathan Moore recorded four saves in the match.
Maryville tallied 10 corner kicks to three in the USA South semi-final.
For the USA South Final tomorrow, the first 50 Maryville College Students in the gate with the school I.D. card will receive free admission.