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Harcum’s perfect season ends with 4-0 loss in NJCAA Division 1 national semifinal

Salt Lake scored early in each half and handed the Bears their first loss of the season

Matt Ralph

Harcum’s perfect season came to an end on Wednesday night with a lopsided 4-0 loss to Salt Lake in the NJCAA Division I semifinal in Wichita, Kansas.

Salt Lake (15-1-1) opened the scoring two minutes into the game on a goal from Samuel Owusu and then doubled their advantage in the 31st minute when Paul Richnow got behind the Harcum back line on a free kick and headed a ball past Cheik Diouf.

The fifth-seeded Bears (13-1-0) had a couple chances to get back into the game before halftime. Daniel Robelledo had a free kick hit woodwork and Joe Peters had a shot in front of goal stopped by Christian Olivares.

The second half opened much the way the first did for the Bears, which conceded a second goal to Owusu just 36 seconds in. Pressing forward to try and get back into the game, the Harcum defense was left hung out to dry again in the 54th minute when Levonte Johnson made it 4-0 to the second-seeded Salt Lake, which faces top seed Iowa Western in Thursday’s final.