Wilhelm's goal sends Harding to the postseason

From Harding University

Harding junior Ryan Wilhelm did it again.

Two of Wilhelm's three goals this season prior to Friday were game-winners. His latest was an overtime goal last week against Delta State that gave the Bisons a chance at a Gulf South Conference Tournament spot.

Wilhelm's goal with seven minutes left in regulation Friday against Ouachita Baptist sealed that trip to the tournament in Pensacola, Fla., as Harding and Ouachita Baptist tied 1-1.

Harding (6-10-2) and Ouachita Baptist both ended conference play 1-3-1, but the Bisons earned the tournament-clinching tiebreaker point and the fourth seed because it shutout Delta State.

After a scoreless first half, Ouachita Baptist took a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute by Rizvan Ceka, and it looked as if the Tigers were headed to the postseason. That was until Wilhelm struck again.

A native of Greenville, Texas, Wilhelm collected a rebound off a shot by junior Rhon Royer and tapped it past Ouachita Baptist goalkeeper David Henley. It was not a game-winner, but it was good enough.

Knowing they needed a goal to keep their season going, the Tigers turned up the offensive pressure in the two 10-minute overtime periods. Ouachita Baptist (4-8-2) outshot Harding 8-0 in extra time but four shots sailed wide and Bison goalkeeper Zach Auala made four saves on the others.

Harding's opponent in the first round of the GSC Tournament is yet to be determined. The Bisons will play the regular season champions at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 4.