Saturday's (Nov. 3) under the lights quarterfinal match featuring the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference No. 4 and No. 5 seeds lived up to its expectations as the closely-seeded teams battled for over 100 minutes of soccer before the contest could be decided.
In the first half, WHAC First Team All-Conference member Jordan Berry (Dearborn, Mich./Crestwood) put the Mustangs on top,1-nil, on a sliding goal assisted from WHAC Newcomer of the Year, Abdoullie Jallow (Bansang, The Gambia/Rust).
The 1-nil tally would hold for a moment until the Warriors were able to draw a Mustang foul in the box to earn a penalty kick. The ensuing PK was converted by the host Warriors to even up the game, 1-1, heading into the halftime break.
The second half featured plenty of defense as the Mustangs' backline continued to hold their shape. A couple late chances would be turned away by the Warriors' keeper to send the quarterfinal game to overtime.
After the first overtime could not provide a winner, the teams headed to a second extra frame in which Berry once again used a Jallow assist to knock in the game-winning goal. The golden goal victory lifted the fifth-seeded Mustangs to victory on a cold night in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Amidst all the action, Christian Bryant (Plymouth, Mich./Southfield Christian) played a solid game in net for the Mustangs. The freshman keeper – along with great play from the midfield and backline – refused to give up a goal aside from the PK to help fuel the first conference postseason victory for any Marygrove program.
"A lot of credit goes out to our defenders who held firm under pressure tonight," said head coach Matt Johnson. "The defense was strong and [Jordan] Berry did what he does best to help us get the victory."
With the win, the Mustangs move on to play Tuesday (Nov. 6) night at 7:00pm in Grand Rapids against conference top seed, Cornerstone University. The Mustangs and Golden Eagles met once this season (at Marygrove) with the host Mustangs edging the top seed, 3-2, in OT.