Columbia College soccer grabs AMC tournament championship

Friday, November 12, 2010 | 7:19 p.m. CST

The Columbia College men's soccer team won the American Midwest Conference tournament on Friday afternoon, tying top-seeded Park University 1-1 in double overtime before taking the game in penalty kicks, 4-3.

Junior forward Dylan Barduzzi scored Columbia College's lone goal in the 57th minute on a cross from junior defender Brian Eike that was headed in.

Park University sophomore forward Matthew Ashman answered late with the Pirates' only goal in regulation, scoring with only 1:27 left in the second half and forcing the game into two 10-minute overtime periods.

Neither team scored in the overtime periods, so the game moved to penalty kicks to decide a winner.

Columbia College scored first in penalty kicks on a Barduzzi strike and never relinquished the lead, sealing the tournament victory when Park University's fifth shot hit the crossbar and bounced away.

After the match, junior midfielder Edgar Reyna was named the AMC newcomer of the year. Reyna, Barduzzi and sophomore defender Nikola Velickovic were named to the first team all-conference squad.

The conference tournament title gives the Cougars an automatic bid to the national tournament, which is scheduled to start Nov. 20.

The team Columbia College will play in the first round and the location of the game will be announced on Sunday.

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