HAMMOND, Ind. & WESTVILLE, Ind. -- The Purdue University Northwest men's soccer team is set to host their first ever Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament match on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Ashland Eagles (5-9-3, 4-6-2 GLIAC) take on the third-seeded Pride (9-6-1, 7-5 GLIAC) at Pepsi Field inside Dowling Park starting at 2 p.m.
GLIAC TOURNAMENT BRACKET
Quarterfinals (Tuesday, October 30)
Match 1: (5) Northern Michigan at (4) Northwood -- 1 p.m. CT
Match 2: (6) Ashland at (3) Purdue Northwest -- 2 p.m. CT
Semifinals (Friday, November 2) MATCHES PLAYED AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Match 3: Winner of Match 1 vs. (1) SVSU -- 9:30 a.m. CT.
Match 4: Winner of Match 2 vs. (2) Parkside -- 12:30 p.m. CT
Finals (Sunday, November 4) MATCH PLAYED AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Match 5: Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4 -- TBD
LAST TIME OUT
The Purdue University Northwest men’s soccer team earned its fourth-straight home victory Friday afternoon, defeating Davenport University, 4-3 in overtime. The Pride jumped on the board first, after a goal by Isaiah Nieves (Lyons Township, Ill./Lyons Township) followed by another goal from Matt Bahena (Alsip, Ill./Eisenhower) gave PNW an early 2-0 advantage.
Davenport would record its first goal of the match shortly after Bahena’s, but the Pride still led, 2-1. Senior Jonny Harkin (Birmingham, England/College of St. Scholastica) extended the Pride’s lead after Harkin found the back of the net in the 51st minute of play to put PNW ahead 3-1.
Davenport would answer back and eventually notch a pair of goals in the final 30 minutes of play to send the match to overtime.
Shortly after the opening overtime whistle, Jules Cailliau (Koksijde, Belgium/Atheneum Veurne) connected on his first career goal for the Pride to secure the 4-3 victory.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Ashland who finished in sixth place in the GLIAC, earned the six seed in the tournament. The Eagles went 5-9-3 this year overall and 4-6-2 in the conference. AU is led by Justin Libertowski, who has scored nine goals this season and assisted on two others.
PNW leads the all-time series, 3-1, as the Pride won the most recent meeting on Oct. 5. PNW got a game-winning goal from Enrique Serna in the 101st minute.
The Pride are led by Nieves, who has scored six goals and four assists this season.