The FInal Four – A Soccer and Basketball Breakdown

It’s that time again Topper Gang; with a great lineup of games from the previous week we’re here to give you all the action you may have missed out on!

Soccer

ATO FC vs. FIJI Silver – In a matchup that had the potential of a championship game, ATO edged by FIJI Silver, shutting them out 1-0. Goalie Chase Utley recorded 7 saves to help his team advance through the bracket, giving him Player of the Week honors.

The Hat Tricks vs. Jamaican Hopscotch Mafia – The Hat Tricks could pull their usual tricks out versus an experienced Hopscotch team. This game went back and forth until the final 10 minutes when forward Jakob Bertram scored the tie-breaking goal. Giving his a 1-0 lead, The Hat Tricks were able to fight off a last minute push by Hopscotch to seal the victory.

Men’s Final: FC Mause vs. FIJI White – Coming down to a shootout, FC Mause outkicked the FIJI men in penalty kicks to win the Men’s Championship. Both goalies made incredible stops throughout regulation, but Josue Puga and Michael Rivera made the difference in PK’s to secure the championship. Dylan Ward for FIJI scored the sole goal for FIJI White. With a load of underclassmen returning for the FC Mause squad, look for a veteran team to be back next year and defend the title.

Women’s Final: AOPi vs. KD Green – In our Women’s soccer final featuring KD and AOPi, Megan Connally and Rebecca Garrison put on a clinic for AOPi defensively. These ladies kept the KD offense from making any push throughout the entire game. With AOPi leading 2-0 and only 3:34 remaining in the game, KD Green’s Katherine Rogers put the team on her back by scoring KD’s first goal of the night. But unfortunately for KD it was too little, too late as AOPi won the game 2-1. By winning the Soccer League Championship, AOPi pulls into 3rd place in our All-University Point Standings, only trialing 2nd place Chi Omega and 1st place Kappa Delta.

Basketball

Men’s DII Semifinal: Mimosa Minutemen vs. Louisville Celtics – In this semifinal matchup, 2 undefeated teams took the court with no intentions of not making it to the championship game. Mimosa came out hot in the first half, point guard Zach Eastham dropped all 10 of his points in the first half and finished with 8 assists. Not to be outdone, Dontez Page from Louisville was a one-man wrecking crew, finishing with 17 points. However, the lack of depth on the Louisville bench ending up making 3 point difference as Mimsoa advances to our D2 final.

Fraternity Semifinal Preview: SAE Gold vs. FIJI Purple – In the first matchup between these 2 teams during the regular season, early foul trouble in the 2nd half made the difference as FIJI defeated SAE by 10. This rematch won’t disappoint, SAE has revenge on their mind, as FIJI handed them their only loss of the season. Look for the leadership and athleticism of SAE to rebound back from an early loss and take this victory. Our Pick – SAE Gold

Women’s Semifinal Preview – WKU Soccer vs. Swag Attack – WKU Soccer dominated the entire regular season and has made light work of all their playoff opponents as well. Will Swag Attack prove to be any different? You better believe it! Rachel Rhodes and Samantha Dorsey of Swag Attack have the athleticism to compete with the WKU Soccer Squad. But like we’ve said all season long there’s a reason WKU Soccer has been Numero Uno all season long. Look for the soccer ladies to edge Swag Attack late in the game. Our Pick – WKU Soccer.

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