The Raiders traveled to Westerville, Ohio for an OAC semifinal matchup against Otterbein on November 7. Mount Union entered the game with a 10-4-4 record and were fresh off a win over Capital in the OAC quarterfinal round, only two days prior. The Cardinals, on the other hand, were playing in just their first game of the tournament, since they had received a first-round bye for a top-two finish in the OAC in the regular season.
The Raiders relied heavily on senior goalie Zach Hlas and the Purple Wall defense. In regulation, Hlas and company regularly found the Cardinals on the attack, and it showed in the box score, as Otterbein got 19 shots in regulation. Mount Union, on the other hand, had very few opportunities to pressure Otterbein’s Collin Hoffmann, as the Raiders only got off five shots in the first 90 minutes. At the end of regulation, Otterbein and Mount Union found themselves locked in a 0-0 tie going into overtime.
Overtime was a very defensive affair, as neither team was able to get many good offensive positions, and the teams combined for a total of three shots. Two of those shots came from Otterbein, including the final shot of the game which came with 28 seconds left in overtime. Otterbein’s Kennedy Mensah broke the tie off a pass from Will Isaac in the 100th minute to book a date in the OAC championship game against John Carroll University.
Following the loss to Otterbein, the Raiders drop to 10-5-4 on the season. Mount Union’s season could potentially continue into the NCAA tournament and will find out their fate when the NCAA Division 3 men’s soccer selection show airs at 1:30 PM on November 11 on ncaa.org.