|September 01, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|LCMS2009||37:28||Ziada, Keegan (Benson, Ali )|
|LCMS2009||46:40||Benson, Ali (Wells, Scott )|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LCMS2009|
|Shots (on Goal)||5 (3)||23 (8)|
GAFFNEY - The Newberry College men's soccer team headed to Limestone College with a chance to topple the No. 23-ranked team in the nation, but the squad's upset bid fell short in a 2-0 loss.
A goal in each half proved enough for Limestone (2-0-0; No. 23 NSCAA/adidas) to secure the win over Newberry (1-2-0), though the scarlet and gray tested the Saints with a physical contest.
Newberry put up five shots against Limestone, three of them on goal—all five coming from the foot of Francisco Espinoza (Brenham, Texas).
Newberry battled with Limestone for much of the first half before the Saints got on the board, with a Ali Bension-assisted Keegan Ziara goal in the 38th minute breaking the deadlock.
Unfortunately for the scarlet and gray, Limestone came charging out of the halftime break. The Saints scored 1:40 into the second half on an Ali Benson goal from a Scott Wells pass.
The Newberry attack tried to pull even throughout the second, with two shots on goal coming in the second stanza. One chance came on an Espinoza shot in the 78th minute, but Limestone goalkeeper Mark Davidson was able to make the save.
Goalkeeper Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) fell to 1-2-0 on the season, saving six shots before Pedro Velazquez (Newburgh, N.Y.) took over in net for Newberry with four and a half minutes left in the match. The action marked the first appearance of Velazquez's Newberry career.
Newberry earned both of the game's two cautions, though both teams entered the double digits in fouls with Newberry committing 14 and Limestone tallying 11. Colt Priest (Marietta, Ga.) earned the first yellow card of the match, receiving one in the 64th minute and Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) received one in the 84th minute.
Newberry will look to even its record when the team takes to the road again to face off against Queens University of Charlotte on Friday, September 4. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.