CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy got a late score in regulation, survived two overtime periods and then won the shootout to defeated fifth-seeded Viterbo (Wis.) on Sunday and advance to the finals of the 2011 Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Soccer Tournament.
After a scoreless first period, Viterbo's Jake Wenzel scored on an assist by Teague Mitchell less than a minute into the second half to put the V-Hawks (8-7-5) in front. Top-seeded Mount Mercy (11-5-3) had its chances to tie, but couldn't do so until sophomore midfielder Juan Maffey got the equalizer off a loose ball in front of the V-Hawk goal in the 81st minute.
The two overtime periods featured a total of only four shots and the match went to a shootout. Mount Mercy went first, with Maffey, junior forward Enrique Cortina and senior defender Nebojsa Jevtovic connecting on the Mustangs' first three penalty kicks. Mark Burton and Jake Dellamuth converted the first two kicks by the V-Hawks, but senior goalkeeper Josh Putz denied Andy Sadowsky on Viterbo's third attempt.
Luke Newton kept the V-Hawks alive by stopping sophomore midfielder Aaron Lacy on Mount Mercy's fourth penalty shot, but Putz came through again, stopping Ryan Sheldon's fourth kick by Viterbo. Freshman defender Bedi Ucar found the back of the net on Mount Mercy's final attempt to clinch the Mustangs' second straight berth in the tournament championship game
Mount Mercy will host third-seeded Ashford in the MCC finals on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. at Lower Kingston Field. The winner clinches a national tournament berth, which would be the first in school history for the Mustangs. Ashford, ranked 23rd, upset second-seeded and ninth-ranked Grand View in Des Moines on Sunday. The Saints evened the match at 2-2 with only two minutes left in regulation, then defeated the Vikings, 4-1, in a shootout to advance.