Baker men’s soccer knocks of Hutson-Tillotson (Texas) in overtime
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. – The Baker University men’s soccer team is headed to the final round of eight teams for the first time in school history after knocking off Hutson-Tillotson 1-0 on Monday afternoon.
After playing scoreless in regulation, junior Nate Byarly received a ball off a set piece header from Donny George to lift Baker to its first-ever NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship round of eight contest.
Baker (19-1-1) outshot Hutson-Tillotson 17-9 overall and 4-3 on goal. Byarly’s tally in overtime was the only shot for either team in the extra period.
“The boys came out and gave an improving performance,” head coach Nate Houser said. “We were able to get past some final site jitters and heavy bus legs to have a very good second half and overtime. Hutson-Tillotson was a very technical team and stretched us at various times. I give our team a lot of credit for solving those problems they presented us with. The men are very excited for their first-ever trip to the final round of eight.”
Baker goalkeeper Matt Bickley made three saves in the contest to record his ninth shutout of the season.
The Wildcats will play the winner of No. 6 Grand View (Iowa) and Great Falls (Mont.) on Wednesday at 5 p.m.