Northeast drops 1-0 decision at national tournament
TUCSON, Ariz. -- With a spot in the national semifinals on the line, the Northeast Community College men's soccer team suffered a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat at the hands of top-seeded Phoenix College on Wednesday.
The Hawks went toe-to-toe with a Bears team that has outscored its foes by an average of five goals per game, with a first-half goal serving as the difference between the two teams.
Gabriel Gonzalez took a feed from Eiji Hata and slotted it past Reagan Maliska in the 17th minute to push the Bears past Northeast.
The Hawks averaged four goals per game on the season, but they were unable to generate a shot on goal against the Bears. Northeast was only able to muster five total shots in the game.
The feisty contest saw a total of seven yellow cards, with three of the Bears' four yellow cards coming in the game's final 11 minutes.
Northeast's record-breaking season closes with a 19-5-1 record, while Phoenix College moves into Friday's semifinal round.