MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- Aurora University and Dominican University played to a 2-2, double-overtime draw Wednesday night at Aurora's Spartan Stadium, earning each squad a share of the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) men's soccer crown.
The Stars (14-2-3, 10-0-1 NACC) jumped out to a two-goal lead on a Jonathan Hernandez goal in the 29th minute and an own goal in the 53rd minute, only to see the Spartans (13-4-1, 10-0-1 NACC) tally a pair of goals 83 seconds apart in the 65th and 67th minutes to draw even. Aurora finished with 17 shots in the second half but could not register the go-ahead tally.
The teams combined for three shots in the overtime periods and settled for the draw after 20 minutes of extra time.
The title is the league-leading 11th for Dominican and the first for Aurora.
Despite having to share the regular-season crown, the draw allowed Dominican to secure the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NACC Men's Soccer Tournament. Aurora is seeded second due to the Stars' having a superior goal differential in league games.
Benedictine University is seeded third, while Milwaukee School of Engineering (fourth), Concordia University Wisconsin (fifth) and Concordia University Chicago (sixth) round out the tournament field.
The tournament begins Saturday, Nov. 2 with Benedictine hosting Concordia Chicago and Concordia Wisconsin making the short trip down Interstate 43 to MSOE. The lower remaining seed following Saturday's play will face Dominican on Tuesday, Nov. 5, in River Forest, Illinois, while the higher remaining seed will travel to Aurora in the other semifinal.
The championship match is slated for Saturday, Nov. 9, at the highest remaining seed. The winner earns the NACC's automatic berth into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship.
Dominican will be looking for its 11th tournament title in the league's 14-year history, while MSOE (9-6-2, 7-3-1 NACC) is looking for its third tourney title in six years and Benedictine (8-7-1, 8-3-0 NACC) is looking for a second tournament crown in four seasons. Concordia Wisconsin (13-4-1, 7-3-1 NACC) is looking for its first tournament crown to go with regular-season crowns in 2015 and 2017. Concordia Chicago (9-8-0, 6-5-0 NACC) is making its first appearance in the NACC Tournament.
NACC Men's Soccer Tournament
#5 Concordia Wisconsin at #4 MSOE, 6 p.m.