The Crowder Roughriders and the State Fair Roadrunners fought a brutal wind as much as they fought each other for nearly 110 minutes of scoreless soccer Saturday afternoon in a Region 16 quarterfinal match at Roughrider Soccer Field.
Crowder sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Ost earned another shutout and Guillaume Rouzic's goal late in double overtime gave Crowder a 1-0 win.
Crowder improved to 10-5-1 overall this season and the 'Riders play NJCAA Division I No. 1 St. Louis in the semifinals Tuesday. The 'Riders own an impressive 5-1-1 mark on the road this season and that one loss, of course, came against St. Louis.
The Archers upped their perfect record to 19-0 with a 8-0 win Saturday over MCC-Blue River. Dyan Chapa and Chris Eduardo each had a pair of goals and four other players reached the scoring column with goals.
Crowder and St. Louis begin play at 2 p.m. today.
Crowder enters the match playing some of its best soccer of the season, with three straight wins all shutouts and the 'Riders have outscored their six opponents in October 9-1, producing a 5-1 record.
In Crowder's match Saturday against State Fair, Ost recorded four saves, including an impressive one in the middle of the second overtime that denied State Fair the victory.
With 1 minute, 1 second remaining in double overtime, Rouzic took a feed from Casey Faulkner and put it past Landon Dove for the win and the start of the rowdy Crowder celebration.
It was only poetic justice, since it was Rouzic who blanked on a point-blank scoring opportunity early in the match, his attempt bounding off the crossbar.
The 'Riders, meanwhile, have won six matches by shutout this season and have surrendered less than a goal per match (0.96).
In their first meeting, St. Louis defeated Crowder 3-0. The Archers scored two goals in the first 13:41 of the match and then added on an insurance goal very late in regulation. Three different players scored goals.
The Archers have been even more ace in October than the 'Riders, outscoring their six opponents 23-0.
It will certainly be a daunting challenge for Crowder, but this is October and anything can happen.