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Penn State Harrisburg clinched a high seed in the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs in men's soccer by tying Mary Washington, 2-2 on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Lions (12-4-1) are the No. 2 seed, and will host the winner of a first-round game between Frostburg St. (10-5-3) and St. Mary's (9-9) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Middletown.
Salisbury (12-1-5) claimed the No. 1 seed and will face the winner of a first-round game between Mary Washington and Christopher Newport.
The Blue & White wasted no time against Mary Washington, pounding on the Eagles early when senior Jon Willingham scored off an assist from Aaron Kline in the 6th minute.
Mary Washington battled back to score two straight goals, putting Penn State Harrisburg in a 2-1 hole with only 15 minutes left to play.
But Willingham was not ready to let the Lions lose their final match of the year with so much on the line. He found the net a second time with less that eight minutes to play to send the game into overtime.
The two teams battled through 20 mintues over extra time to finish in a draw.
"This in an incredibly tough conference, excellent teams from top to bottom,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. "We have achieved an awful lot, but this is no time to reflect. We have earned a little break, and then we have another mountain to climb starting next week.
"This is a fantastic group with a great team spirit and I am so proud of what they've done, and the manner in which they have gone about it,'' Donnelly said.