IWU’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, as they were defeated by No. 2-ranked Southwestern Christian University (Okla.) 2-0 in the NCCAA Championship Finals.
SCU’s Igor Stojanovis broke a scoreless tie in the 51st minute, and Cem Bektas scored an insurance goal in the 71st minute to help SCU win the championship.
Following an incredible run to the championship match, head coach Luke Sanford couldn’t have been more proud of his team’s effort.
“I’m really proud of how our team finished the season,” Sanford said. “The guys really grew in the last month to six weeks and it showed in our discipline, work rate and conviction in these games. I was pleasantly surprised at the level in the tournament and felt like we gave it a good run. I am proud to be the coach these guys.”
The Wildcats end their season with a 12-9-2 record.