Howard U. victorious in soccer finals

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News and Tribune

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Kenneth Illodigwe scored 28 seconds into the fourth overtime to lift Howard University to a 2-1 title win over defending champion St. Louis University in the NCAA Division I soccer finals Saturday.

The game was deadlocked, 1-1, after regulation play and the two squads battled through three scoreless sudden death periods before Illodigwe punched in the winner on a pass from Richard Davy.

The victory gave Howard its first NCAA championship. The Bisons had edged St. Louis 3-2 in the 1971 title game, but lost the championship when the NCAA ruled Howard had used ineligible players.

St. Louis took an early 1-0 lead in the first half when Don Droege scored on a pass from Kevin Handlan at 2:12, but the Billikens were blanked the rest of the way despite numerous threats.

Howard took control of the match in the second half, but only evened the score when Ayomie Bamiro found the net with 27:11 remaining, sending the match into sudden death.

The Billikens came up with a flurry of four shots on goal with six minutes left, in the first overtime but were unable to make them count.

Illodigwe and Bamiro also managed a pair of near misses in the second and third periods before Illodigwe made good in the fourth overtime.

Howard finshed the season with a 19-0 mark, while the Billikens fell to 18-3-1.

In a consolation game earlier Saturday, Hartwick used two second period goals by Bob Isaacson and Glenn Myernick to defeat UCLA, 3-1, for third place.

The Bruins grabbed an early 1-0 advantage on a goal by Moshe Hoftman, but Hartwick rebounded with a boot by Jeff Tipping to knot the score at 1-1 at the half and set up the two second period goals.

Hartwick ended the season with a 10-4-3 record, while UCLA finished with a 15-2-4 mark.