Visiting William and Mary withstood a furious onslaught by Howard in 60 agonizing minutes of overtime before outscoring the favored Bison on penalty kicks to win, 2-1, in the opening round of the NCAA postseason soccer tournament.
The victory gave William and Mary (14-6-1) the South Atlantic regional championship and a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals against the winner of Sunday's game between Duke and Alabama A&M. Howard, the top-ranked team in the region, finished with a 9-3-2 record. Howard, which had mis-shot so many times in regulation and overtime, also couldn't find the net during penalty kicks. After teammate Bancroft Gordon made the first for the Bison, Gerald Duggan's attempt hit the left post. Michael McPherson hit the next shot for Howard, but Tony Amayo's shot missed the left post altogether. Goalie Steve Gallop sealed the victory for William and Mary by hitting the team's fourth straight attempt to past seldom-used Howard goalkeeper Christopher Chukura, who had come on in overtime to replace injured Gilbert McPherson.
"We have no excuses," said a composed Howard Coach Lincoln Phillips. "We are a better ball club (Howard beat the Indians, 4-2, three weeks ago). We just missed too many chances. Players who would never miss shots missed easy ones today."
It was a bizarre game, with Howard scoring in the first five minutes on a goal by Jacques Ladouceur and then doing practically nothing else on offense until overtime. Several good shots missed by an eyelash in the hour of sudden-death play.
Oriakhi, Howard's chief scoring threat for four years, missed two of them, one a shot in the fourth overtime that hit the crossbar. The Bison had a goal disallowed in the third overtime when Gordon, who had an outstanding game, was called for obstruction by the referee for leaving the field of play (moving into the goal).