Howard University hopes to take the last remaining step in regional play here tomorrow (Saturday) enroute to the championship bracket of the national collegiate soccer playoffs.
The Bisons defeated Navy, 2-0 on Tuesday to qualify for a quarter-final birth against Penn State. The Nittany Lions upset Pennsylvania Monday to qualify as Howard's opponent.
By winning over Penn State, coach Ted Chambers' outfit can move into the semi-finals and finals of the NCAA tournament at Miami's Orange Bowl, Dec. 29-31.
Howard, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, has talentloads of it in a freshman and sophomore-dominated lineup. Only one player on the squad is from the United States.
Aqui is one of three top-notch forwards from Trinidad; the others are Alvin Henderson, like Aqui an All-American, and Ian Bain, a freshman.
Henderson, also a sophomore on the inside, scored the first goal against Navy at 7:46 of the first quarter.
Stationed on the left side, he took a pass from Aqui, who was in the middle, and sent a low 15-yarder past Tim Dantzig, Navy's Plebs goalie who played an outstanding game, making several incredible stops among his 10 saves.
It is Henderson's 19th goal.
Aqui scored the clincher at 6:17 of the third quarter when a Navy fullback failed to clear out a poor corner kick which bounced in front of the goal mouth.