Cedarville clinched a first round bye in the conference tournament with a 3-2 win over Salem International, thanks to senior midfielder Zachary Harris’s late goal. In a game with eight yellow cards, two own goals, and over 40 fouls, a goal in the final minute of the game caused quite the excitement. Harris scored in the 89th minute to give Cedarville the 3-2 win.
Cedarville took an early 1-0 lead five minutes into the game. Freshman Joel Fullmer scored on a through ball from senior Jared Newman. Less than 20 minutes later, Cedarville had a free kick from near midfield. The kick went off the Salem defender’s head and into the back of the opponent’s own net for an own goal. This put the Jackets up 2-0.
But only a few moments later Salem scored against Cedarville, making the game 2-1 going into halftime.
In the second half, Cedarville came out a step slower. With 33 minutes to go, a cross deflected off a Cedarville player into the back of the Jacket’s own net, tying the game 2-2. This own goal for the Jackets seemed to wake them up, and in the 89th minute, Harris received a ball from junior Jon Brown and scored the game-winning goal.
This win puts Cedarville at the top of the G-MAC and gives them a first round bye to the GMAC playoffs in two weeks.
The Jackets (12-3-1) welcome Ohio Valley to the home field 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
Colin Dellaperute is a freshman athletic training major and a sports reporter for Cedars. His hobbies are playing pick up soccer, playing guitar, writing for fun and watching his NY Jets ruin their season time and time again.