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Bulldogs upset No. 4 seed Buckeyes to reach final 16 for first time
November 23rd, 2009 8:30AM
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[OHIO STATE-DRAKE 0-1] Luke Gorczyca's golden goal seven minutes into overtime gave Drake a 1-0 victory over No. 4 seed Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and propelled the Bulldogs to the third round of for the first time in school history.

"First and foremost today was a terrific, highly-competitive college soccer match," Drake coach Sean Holmes said.  "To go on the road after virtually no rest after a hard Thursday game and get up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning to travel to the champions of the Big Ten Conference and then to play as well as we did and to win was just icing on the cake. There has been a collective self-belief on this team now for some two years and today was just another step towards fulfilling the potential that has always existed."

Setting up the play was a ball from sophomore Thomas Ostrander that went into the box and created the action out of which Gorczyca emerged with his fifth goal of the season.

"The play developed where the ball was played it into Garrett (Webb), who found Thomas (Ostrander) on the outside and he has always been taught to beat his man if its 1v1 and he did so," Gorczyca explained.  "Oz worked the ball in and I happened to run post and just got a foot on it where the keeper saved it and it went up in the air and there was a mess in the box and it happened to bounce over everyone and spun in the goal.  I thought our defense played spectacular and our forwards fought hard, Ohio State was a great team and it was a great victory."

The Bulldogs stormed the field following the golden goal as Drake had taken down the No. 4 national seed Buckeyes to set up a showdown with the winner of the St. John's/Boston College tilt next Sunday (Nov. 29).

"The obvious storyline is of a David-Goliath nature but college soccer is still 11 versus 11 and these seniors once again rose to the occasion," said Holmes.  "Luke (Gorczyca) was credited with the goal but it was almost if all of them were willing the ball across the line."

"I felt in the end of the game would be decided by a scramble, which at this point in the season most of the boys are too shattered to run the length of the field, beat six guys and roof it. Seasons are decided not only by genius but more likely by shear desire,"

The Bulldogs were outshot in the affair, 11-10, but Drake garnered a 4-1 advantage on shots on goal.



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