Life University defeated Kutztown in the third semi-final match of the day by the score of 31 -17. A couple of well-placed kicks by Life’s Joe Cowley and several uncharacteristic missed tackles by Kutztown was the difference in this match.
Life got on the scoreboard first with a clever kick ahead by Cowley. A second delicate touch with his foot resulted in a try right next to the posts. Cowley converted the try, his first of three successful conversions, giving Life an early 7-0 lead.
Kutztown responded immediately on the kickoff with a magnificent 80 meter run for a try from Gareth Lourens. The try was a result of some poor tackling by Life and great acceleration from Lourens allowing him to dive over in the corner making the game 7-5 in favor of Life.
Life scored again with a well executed series of passing and a perfectly timed offload from Cam Dolan cleared the way for an easy try under the posts for Cowley.
Life added to their lead with a miss pass to Cam Dolan on the wing, One on one with the defender, the 6ft five-inch winger broke the tackle and scored a try down the left flank.
Kutztown battled back with a try of their own after a great run from Tim Acker that beat two life defenders. A well-executed offload by Acker led to a try in the corner by Bruce Dolan.
Kutztown had problems defending the kick all match as another perfectly placed kick by Cowley allowed him to run on to the ball in the try zone. The referee needed to go to the back judge to determine who touched the ball down because of great hustle from the Kutztown winger. He arrived simultaneously to Cowley but it was to no avail because the referee awarded the try to Life making the score 24 -10 Life after the conversion.
Kutztown showed resilience, adding another try with about two minutes remaining.Robert Stortz got a life defender to bight at a dummy pass. Kutztown then picked from the base of the ruck several times in a row culminating in Acker diving over in front of the posts. Life ‘s defensive line did not pinch, leaving the fringes unoccupied for Acker to score.
Life sealed the game with a try from Colton Carriaga. Life shifted the Kutztown defense left then used quick ball to get numbers right. Carriaga stepped a defender and put in a nifty try under the posts.
Life University will play Navy in the Semi-finals later this afternoon.
Tries: Cowley 3, Dolan,Carriaga
Convs: Cowley 3
Tries: Acker, Lourens, Dolan