They started the postseason with a losing record and have only two ‘wins' in the postseason, but the Oklahoma Baptist men's soccer team is in the final 16 and heading to Alabama.
OBU and seventh-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene played to a 2-2 draw after two overtimes but, as they did in the Sooner Athletic Conference championship game, the Bison won in a shootout, 5-4.
The game nearly didn't get that far. Defender Felipe Souza twice stopped balls just before the line.
"It could have been 5-5," said Bison Head Coach Brent Coates. "We both had our chances. That was unreal. We just give glory to God. MidAmerica is well-coached. We're going to Alabama for the second time in three years. We must be doing something right."
Bison keeper Marcus Oliveira saved the attempt of Trent Remmich as the second of MNU's penalty attempts.
"We're very confident in our penalty kicks," said Coates. "We work on that so hard and they stepped up and executed."
After a scoreless first half, Tito Silva headed in a cross from Costa for a 1-0 Bison lead in the 59th minute.
The Pioneers tied the game less than four minutes later with a goal by Gyer Vierthaler.
Johnson broke the tie in the 82nd minute, rocketing in a shot from 25 yards out.
MNU tied things up with just 90 seconds left in regulation with an Eddie Morales goal.
The win puts the Bison in the final 16 in Montgomery, Ala., and into a contest against Olivet Nazarene Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. ONU upset No. 10 Kansas Wesleyan in overtime, 3-2, to improve to 14-4-4 on the season.
The Bison are now 8-8-2 on the season.
(Photos by Ryan Weaver)