Thomas More eliminates North Park in double OT for first tournament win


GAMBIER, Ohio — Thomas More won its first NCAA tournament match on Saturday as it defeated North Park 3-2 in double overtime in a first-round match of the NCAA Division III Championship at Mavec Field.

With the win, the Saints improve 18-2-1 and advance to play host Kenyon at 1 p.m. ET Sunday in a second-round match. With the loss, the Vikings end the season at 13-6-1.

In the second overtime, sophomore midfielder RJ Best scored the game-winning goal from 20-yards out at the 105:16 mark for the final score of 3-2.

The Saints took a 1-0 lead at the 17:29 mark when senior defender Pat Jacobson scored on a corner kick.

North Park tied the match at 1-1 when Fredrik Greiff made a penalty kick at the 54:29 mark. The Saints retook the lead at the 56:56 mark when junior forward Austin Juniet scored unassisted. The Vikings tied the match at the 66:53 mark when Kebba Sanyang found the back of the net.

Senior goalkeeper Matt Kees earned the win in goal as he played all 105:16 and recorded two saves.

Thomas More out-shot North Park 30-11 including 17-4 on-goal and won the battle of corner kicks 9-4.

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