Howard Advances To Semifinals In Soccer Event

Date Published: 
Daily Times

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Howard University will move to the semifinals of the NCAA soccer championship after beating Philadelphia Textile 1-0 in a continuation of an earlier game which was stopped because of a free-for-all among players and fans.

Keith Aqui scored the line Howard goal at 3:45 of the fourth quarter in Monday's play. Up to that point both teams battled through 129 minutes and 45 seconds of scoreless play. Eighty-two minutes of the game were played last Saturday before the melee caused officials to stop the game with 6 minutes left.

One player was taken to the hospital with bite marks on his cheek.

Spectators were barred from Monday's play.

"We won't schedule Howard again under any circumstances, Robert Rhoads, Textile's Dean of Academic affairs, said after Saturday's play.

Monday Rhoads said he was informed by the NCAA: "Either you play the game or you forfeit it."

Textile had a 17-0 record before the Howard defeat.

The NCAA semifinals begin Thursday at Edwardsville, Ill. Other contenders will be UCLA, St. Louis University and Harwick.