NCAA Division II Men: West Chester reaches final for first time since 1961

West Chester, national champion in the third year of NCAA soccer play with a 13-0-0 record in 1961, has a chance to win its first title since then when it faces Barry in the NCAA Division II men's final on Saturday in Pittsburgh.

West Chester rallied to beat Cal Poly Pomona, 2-1, in overtime at Highmark Stadium. Jason Pixley's header produced the golden goal. Eduardo Faria put Cal Poly Pomona ahead in the 55th minute but freshman Eric Greer equalized for West Chester six minutes later. Will Marshall had a big game in goal for the Golden Rams with five saves.

"I am really proud of our guys and how they continued to fight throughout the game," said WCU coach Michael Benn. "Cal Poly Pomona is a very good team. But, we never buckled, and despite facing a lot of adversity, we just kept battling and came out on top. The entire team played very well, and Marshall was huge in goal with Pixley coming through in the clutch as he has throughout the season."

Barry beat Fort Hays State, 5-4, on penalty kicks after their match ended in a scoreless draw. Italian keeper Marco Sordi made five saves for the 100 minutes and three in the shootout for the Buccaneers. Fort Hays State had entered the contest as the top-scoring team in NCAA Division II at over 3.5 goals per game.

Thursday, November 29
West Chester 2 Cal Poly Pomona 1.
(Greer 61, Pixley 95; Faria 56. Att.: 137.)
Barry 0 Fort Hays State 0 (Barry wins 5-4 on penalties).
(Att.: 66.)
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