CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Urbana University’s historic season came to end after a wild Atlantic Region Final, as the Blue Knights fell 1-0 to Charleston in the third round of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.
Playing in the round of 16 for the first time ever, UU stood tall against the top-seeded Golden Eagles in front of UC’s home crowd. The Blue Knights produced one more shot on goal with four overall, and had eight shots overall.
With a minute and a half to go before the midway break, the action took an interesting turn when the referee handed out a pair of red cards – one to UU senior Michael McFarlane, and one to UC’s Jake Young – which altered the number of players on the field to 10 on each side.
The match was deadlocked for 80 minutes, as both teams tried to adjust to the spacing and style of play created by the subtraction of two players.
Eventually, it was Charleston’s Patrick Guier who broke the stalemate with 10:51 on the clock.
As the clock was winding down with under a minute to play, UU picked up a corner kick and had a decent look.
Goalkeeper Nate Jones sprinted down field to provide an extra man, but the Golden Eagles cleared the ball as the clock ran out.
The Blue Knights close the season with a record of 13-5-2, just one win short of the program record.
UU made the first-ever NCAA Tournament in UU history, and became the only team in school history to receive a national ranking.