Top Two Seeds Advance to #SummitMSOC Championship Match

Photos by Teddy Choi
Photos by Teddy Choi

2016 Men's Soccer Championship Page | Bracket (PDF)

The Basics
Score: No. 1 Omaha 3, No. 4 Eastern Illinois 1
Records: Omaha (10-4-4), Eastern Illinois (5-12-1)
Location: CIBER Field – Denver, Colo.


DENVER – Top-seeded Omaha advanced to the title match with a 3-1 win over No. 4 Eastern Illinois Thursday at CIBER Field on the campus of the University of Denver.

The Mavericks got things started quickly in the 12th minute as Offensive Player of the Year Fazlo Alihodzic connected on a direct free kick. Elvir Ibisevic added a second UNO goal in the 26th minute on a header. Mark Moulton and Joel Kazhila were credited with the assists.

UNO continued the pressure in the second half holding an 8-3 shot advantage.

In the 62nd minute, Noor Hamadi netted his second goal of the season off a Moulton free kick, giving the Mavs a 3-0 lead.

Eastern Illinois tacked on its lone goal of the match in the 74th minute off a free kick from 24 yards out by Jonathan Huerta.

Turning Point
Omaha got a pair of goals in the first 25:30 of the match to take an early 2-0 lead that it would not surrender. Fazlo Alihodzic got the scoring started in the 12th minute followed by an Elvir Ibisevic score in the 26th minute.

Inside The Box Score

  • Omaha held a 16-5 shot advantage in the match and a 7-0 corner kick advantage.
  • Elvir Ibisevic had a game-high five shots for Omaha, while Eastern Illinois was led by Jonathan Huerta's three.
  • Goalkeepers Ghitis and Novotny each had one save in the match.
  • A total of 26 fouls were committed in the game.

News & Notes

  • Omaha secured its first Summit League Tournament win in just its second year of eligibilty.
  • The top seed has advanced to the championship match for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Omaha's Mark Moulton's two assists are tied for the most in a Summit League Tournament match.
  • The three team assists by the Mavericks are tied for ninth-most in a league tournament match.

The Basics
Score: No. 2 4 Denver 1, No. 3 Western Illinois 0
Records: Denver (16-0-3) Western Illinois (8-10-1)
Location: CIBER Field – Denver, Colo.

DENVER – No. 2 Denver edged No. 3 Western Illinois by a 1-0 score in Thursday's second Summit League semifinal match at CIBER Field.

The first 80 minutes of the match were a see-saw contest with both teams trying to gain an advantage. That advantage came in the 81st minute as Western Illinois was called for a hand ball in the box, resulting in a penalty kick attempt for the nationally-ranked Pioneers.

DU's Karsten Hanlin went right and slipped it in past WIU's goalkeeper Tim Hansen to give the Pioneers at 1-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Denver's Kortne Ford was issued a red card giving Western Illinois a one-man advantage the rest of the way.

The Fighting Leathernecks had a pair of shots following Ford's red card only to have one go over the crossbar and the other saved by Pioneer netminder Nick Gardner.

Turning Point
A hand ball by Western Illinois in the box resulted in a converted penalty kick attempt by Denver's Karsten Hanlin solidified the match in the 81st minute.

Inside The Box Score

  • Attendance was 201.
  • Western Illinois held a slim 11-10 shot advantage in the match with both teams producing two shots on goal.
  • Corner kicks were even at six apiece.
  • Amadeo Carbo led WIU with three shots, while three players had two for DU.

News & Notes

  • With the win, Denver remains undefeated in Summit League Tournament play all-time (7-0-0).
  • Western Illinois falls to 7-3-2 all-time as the No. 3 seed.
  • The Pioneers recorded their 12th shutout of the season.
  • No. 2 seed advances to the championship title match for the first time since 2009 (Western Illinois).

Up Next
Saturday's championship match between No. 1 Omaha and No. 2 Denver begins at 1 p.m. MT from CIBER Field in Denver. This will mark the first time the top-two seeds advanced to the title game since 2007 (Oakland vs. IUPUI).

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