After clinching the first League title ever for Wright State men’s soccer, the Raiders will host the Horizon League Tournament Thursday at 4 and 7 with the championship game Saturday at 6 pm at WSU’s Alumni Field. WSU will play at 7 pm against Oakland as Milwaukee and UIC will play at 4 pm. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. All games will air live on ESPN3.
Wright State: The Raiders, 11-5-2 and 7-1-1, have posted an 8-2-1 record over the last 11 games, allowing just two goals against league foes. This marks the first-time ever that WSU men’s soccer has won a league title and the first-time ever that WSU has hosted a league men’s tournament. Senior Peguy Ngatcha (10g, 4a) continues to lead the team while Eric Lynch has 18 points (6g, 6a). Sophomore Jackson Dietrich has collected eight assists. Joel Sundell has played much of the time in the nets and holds a goals against average of 0.79.
Under head coach Davis, the Raiders have reached the finals three times (2011, 2014 and 2015) and posted four double-figure win seasons, including 11 this year and 12 in 2014 and 2015. WSU won 13 games in 1992 and 16 in 1998.
Eight Raiders received Horizon League honors, including Davis being named Coach of the Year—a first for Wright State. Ngatcha was named the Player of the Year, the Offensive Player of the Year and first-team. He is the second Raider to ever win this honor after it was won by teammate Eric Lynch in 2014.
Others honored: First Team Eric Lynch, Jake Stovall and Kaique Fernandes. Second Team AJ Paterson and Jackson Dietrich. All-Freshman Team Austin Kinley.
Oakland: The Grizzlies defeated Green Bay 1-0 in the quarterfinal game to reach the semifinal matchup with the host Raiders. Oakland is now 7-10 and 5-4 as the #4 seed. Wright State won 1-0 at Oakland on October 8 by a Peguy Ngatcha goal. OU is led by Austin Ricci (4g, 5a) and Chase Jabbori (6g, 1 a) while Liam McQueenie boasts a 1.11 goals against average.
4:00 pm Game: #2 UIC will play #3 Milwaukee. UIC, 7-7-3, 5-3-1, received a first-round bye after finishing second in the league race. Milwaukee, 8-7-3, 5-3-1, advanced to the semifinal game after beating Valparaiso on penalty kicks when the game ended in a 0-0 tie. UIC won the regular-season game 1-0 in early September.
The winners will meet Saturday at 6 pm.
Admission: All Horizon League students will receive free admission to the tournament games. Cost for others will $7 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Looking Ahead: The winner receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, which will be announced through NCAA.com on Monday, November 14, at 1 pm.