NCAA Men's Soccer: Mountain Lions' season ends at Wingate

NCAA Men's Soccer: Mountain Lions' season ends at Wingate

WINGATE, N.C. | Daniel Kuper scored twice in a four-minute span in the opening minutes of the second half as No. 15 Wingate University held off No. 9 Young Harris College 5-2 in the second round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Tournament Sunday (Nov. 24) afternoon at the Wingate Soccer Complex.

The Bulldogs, who are seeded No. 3 in Super Region 2, improved to 14-3-3 and will advance to the third round of the tournament in two weeks against No. 2 seed Palm Beach Atlantic University. The Mountain Lions, who were seeded No. 6 in the Super Region, ended their campaign at 12-5-0.

With the score tied at 1 at the half, Kuper gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at the 53:18 mark as he knocked in a rebound just inside the near post. Kuper, who has seven goals on the season, added an insurance goal on a left-footed strike of a Paul Ngongo assist less than four minutes later.

Young Harris pulled within a goal at 3-2 in the 62nd minute as Anthony Gimenes converted a Sondre Olsen assist for his second goal of the season, Wingate got late counterattack goals from Mikkel Fahlen Braun and Stuart Hendry as the Mountain Lions were forced to play forward.

The Mountain Lions took a 1-0 lead at the 2:04 mark as Yesin van der Pluijm buried a penalty kick in the left corner of the net after a YHC player was taken down in the box. Just over six minutes later the Bulldogs equalized the match as Ngongo scored his 19th strike of the year as he followed his own missed shot.

Wingate held an 18-10 advantage on shots, which Young Harrris had an 8-2 edge on corner kicks. Alex Iglesias had five saves in goals for the Mountain Lions, while Jens Bergendorff accounted for four in the Wingate net.