HU awaits Penn State on road to soccer title

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Baltimore Afro-American

Howard University hopes to take the last remaining step in regional play here tomorrow (Saturday) enroute to the championship bracket of the national collegiate soccer playoffs.

The Bisons defeated Navy, 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for a quarter-final birth against Penn State. The Nittany Lions upset Pennsylvania Monday to qualify as Howard's opponent.

By winning over Penn State, coach Ted Chambers' outfit can move into the semi-finals and finals of the NCAA tournament at Miami's Orange Bowl, Dec. 29-31.

Howard, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, has talentloads of it in a freshman and sophomore-dominated lineup. Only one player on the squad is from the United States.

Aqui is one of three top-notch forwards from Trinidad; the others are Alvin Henderson, like Aqui an All-American, and Ian Bain, a freshman.

Henderson, also a sophomore on the inside, scored the first goal against Navy at 7:46 of the first quarter.

Stationed on the left side, he took a pass from Aqui, who was in the middle, and sent a low 15-yarder past Tim Dantzig, Navy's Plebs goalie who played an outstanding game, making several incredible stops among his 10 saves.

It is Henderson's 19th goal.

Aqui scored the clincher at 6:17 of the third quarter when a Navy fullback failed to clear out a poor corner kick which bounced in front of the goal mouth.