Hastings - Hastings College and Rocky Mountain traded punches in the opening round of the 2013 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship before the Broncos and Dru Kobs put the Battlin' Bears away in overtime by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night at Lloyd Wilson Field.
Late in the first overtime period, Kobs was standing right outside the six yard box when a cross would eventually find his feet.
Kobs said he couldn't see the goal, "When I looked up I couldn't see the goal," he said. "I just looked for a gap and aimed for that and it happened to find the net."
Kobs may not have seen the goal but he placed the shot perfectly past GK Joachim Soderstrom for the game winner sending the Broncos on to the next round. Bronco players and fans rushed the field as Kobs slid at midfield before being mobbed by his teammates and fans.
During the first half, Rocky Mountain dominated possession in the early going but couldn't muster many shots on GK Alex Guyer on a frigid night where the partially frozen field turf would crunch as you walked on it. The kick-off temperature was a balmy 20 degrees.
The first half scoring chances were few and far between before Jack Clancy would score on a loose ball in the box to give Rocky Mountain the lead 1-0 with just under 15 minutes remaining in the half.
The second half would provide plenty of scoring chances as each team fought desperately to advance to the next round.
The Broncos would take advantage of a Rocky Mountain miscue as Kobs was taken down in the box setting up a penalty kick. Thomas Boss would use a clever hesitation sending Soderstrom to his left and chip the shot into the net tying the game 1-1 and bringing life to the Bronco crowd.
Rocky Mountain maintained its composure and with just under 17 minutes remaining would strike again as Olive Gore would beat GK Alex Guyer off the feed from Chris Jermy to retake the lead 2-1.
Not more than 25 second later Niklas Zarins would head home the Leon Brudy cross to make it a 2-2 ball game as this game was destined for overtime.
With the win, Hastings improves to 19-3 (9-1) and will advance to Montgomery, Alabama to the round of 16 of the 2013 Men's Soccer National Championship and will play Missouri Valley Tuesday Dec. 3