It was playoff time in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference last week, and a new champion was crowned after a long week of soccer.
As the field of teams was narrowed to four on Nov. 15, Northwestern Ohio, Davenport, Madonna, and Aquinas remain. And after some crazy playoff games full of upsets and close games, it was No. 3 Davenport against No. 1 Northwestern Ohio for the WHAC championship.
The main focus for Northwestern Ohio was to deny top NAIA scorer Dzenan Catic a goal. The Racers would fail to do so. Catic’s second-half goal would eventually stand as the game-winning goal for Davenport in a 1-0 win for the conference title.
Both teams secured NAIA men’s soccer championship, which begins Nov. 22.
After pulling off the upset against the fourth seed Marygrove in the first game of tournament, Aquinas looked to do the same against the talented top seed Northwestern Ohio. Northwestern Ohio barely dodged an upset when it defeated No. 8 Concordia by only one goal in the first round.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 3 Davenport advanced to the semifinals to face No. 2 Madonna after topping No. 6 Indiana Tech by six goals.
Madonna won a dramatic double-overtime game against No. 7 Concordia in its first game of the tournament.
In the semifinals, Northwestern Ohio earned its spot in the championship game when they defeated Aquinas 2-1. Davenport easily advanced to the championship after trouncing Madonna 4-1.