|September 21, 2007||1st||2nd||Final|
|UPST||40:39||Chad Mccoy (Alex Garcev )|
|NEWM||49:47||Kwame Gyamfi (Kyle Rudder )|
|NEWM||53:28||Debola Ogunseye (Shane Abbott )|
|Stats at a Glance||UPST||NEWM|
|Shots (on Goal)||11 (3)||20 (10)|
NEWBERRY - Three second half goals propelled Newberry to a come from behind 3-1 victory over Division I USC Upstate in NCAA men's soccer action Friday afternoon. The win was the first ever for the Indians over a Division I opponent.
Newberry entered Friday's game 0-14 against Division I opponents and 0-2 in its previous two games. The Indians were looking to end both streaks against the Spartans.
Despite a first half that that was played predominantly in the offensive zones, the score was still 0-0 with just five minutes to go until halftime.
USC Upstate broke the tie in the 41st minute when Alex Garcev dribbled up the right side and found Chad McCoy in the left side of the box for the goal and a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Indians came out in the second half and immediately went on the offensive attack. Just five minutes into the second period Kyle Rudder (Arima, Trinidad) connected with Kwame Gyamfi (Accra, Ghana) to tie the game at 1-1. Rudder passed the ball from the left side of the pitch around midfield to the far post, where Gyamfi leaped and headed it over the Spartans' keeper for his eighth goal of the season.
In the 54th minute Newberry took the lead when Shane Abbott (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) found Debola Ogunseye (Lagos, Nigeria) on a run up the right side. Ogunseye took the long pass from Abbott and lofted it over the keeper for his seventh goal of the season.
Newberry had several opportunities to extend the lead throughout the second half but was unable to capitalize, including a penalty kick by Ogunseye that hit off the cross bar.
In the last ten minutes USC Upstate regained the offensive edge putting pressure on the Newberry defenders and goalkeeper Will Dieterich (Tampa, Fla.). But the back line did a fantastic job of clearing the crosses and entry passes and Dieterich made a diving save on the one shot that the Spartans were able to get off.
The Indians finished the scoring in the final minute of the game when Edsel Rudder (Arima, Trinidad) was fouled in the penalty area on a breakaway. Rudder was successful on the penalty kick giving him his first goal of the season and Newberry a much needed insurance goal.
After a back and forth first half that saw both teams take six shots, Newberry took control in the second half. The Indians controlled the ball in the Spartans zone for much of the second period and out shot Upstate 14-5.
The victory was Newberry's fourth in a row at home. The Indians have not lost a game at the Newberry Soccer Complex since last year's South Atlantic Conference defeat against Wingate.
Newberry's next game is Sunday, September 23, at 3 p.m. when they travel to Mars Hill, N.C. to face off against Mars Hill College in a battle of South Atlantic Conference rivals.