NEWBERRY - A diving save by Newberry goalie Will Dieterich in the final minute helped preserve a 1-0 victory over the USC Aiken Pacers in Division II men's soccer action Friday evening. The shutout was Dieterich's first of the season and third of his career.
The No. 21 Indians jumped ahead early when Debola Ogunseye (Lagos, Nigeria) was fouled on a cross into the box in the 13th minute of play. Ogunseye hit a penalty kick for his fifth goal this season.
USC Aiken fought to try and even the score in the first half, notching five shots on goal to Newberry's one. The Pacers also had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks.
However, Dieterich (Tampa, Fla.) played an outstanding game. He had five of his six saves in the first half, including one he managed to just punch over the cross bar. He also stepped out to consistently disrupt crosses through the box.
In the second half the Indians had several chances to increase their lead as they outshot the Pacers 10-3. But despite good looks, Newberry could not put another ball in the back of the net.
USC Aiken tried to rally one last time, controlling the ball in Newberry's zone for the final three minutes of play. Though the Indians defense did a good job of clearing the ball out of the box, USC Aiken's Raymond Sarfo found enough space to fire one last shot towards the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Dieterich dove from the opposite side of the net and just managed to reel in the shot to end the Pacers' threat.
The shutout was Dieterich's third of his career and moved him to second in the Newberry records, just one behind Bryan Linn who played for the Indians from 2003 through 2006.
Ogunseye also moved up several career records lists. He is now solely in second place for career goals with 21 and his 49 career points move him into a tie with Brandon Cockrell for third all-time. Cockrell played for Newberry from 2001-2004 and had 20 goals and 31 assists.
Newberry is now 3-1 for the year and its next game is on September 5, when the Indians host Brevard College at the Newberry Soccer Complex at 4 p.m.