West Chester University soccer a win away from national title

Matt Leon
November 30, 2018 - 12:44 pm
West Chester University senior forward Jason Pixley (#23)

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Jason Pixley has scored a lot of goals during his college soccer career. But none have been bigger than the one he netted on Thursday.

Pixley, a senior forward who went to Central High School in Philadelphia, scored a little more than four minutes into overtime, giving West Chester University a 2-1 win over Cal Poly Pomona in the national semifinals, advancing the Golden Rams into the Division II National Championship Game, where they will face Barry University on Saturday.

"I did have a feeling that something good was going to happen in that overtime," Pixley said.

West Chester fell behind 1-0 in this one as Cal Poly Pomona scored the game's first goal early in the second half. The Golden Rams would tie the game about five minutes later on a tally by Eric Greer. It stayed 1-1 until Pixley's magical moment in the 95th minute. He remembers how the game winner came together.

"(Cal Poly Pomona) had an offensive corner, we were playing defense," he said. "We broke and went on the counterattack. My teammate Brett Miller took the ball down the left wing and cut it back to my roommate, Dan Grindrod, and he crossed it in. When he crossed it in, the ball was perfect, and I just went after it and headed it in."

So what was it like to score a goal that will be remembered for a long, long time?

"I don't think it really hit me until I started looking at my phone and all the stuff online after the game, how big of a goal that it was," he said. "Obviously, I was ecstatic to score and looking at the video, you see how much it means to my teammates and my parents who were there. It was just a really great moment."

But there is still work to do for the Golden Rams, who now focus on the national championship game against Barry. 

"At this point, it's really about us," Pixley said. "We have our game plan. We know who we are as a team and how we play. It's about our execution and the rest is up to the soccer gods."

Saturday's game in Pittsburgh will get underway at noon.

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