|September 04, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||QUMSOC09|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (1)||15 (6)|
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Newberry College men's soccer team gave Queens University of Charlotte all it could handle for 70 minutes, but the Royals stymied Newberry's attempts at a win and the scarlet and gray fell, 1-0.
The road loss marks the second in a row away from home for Newberry (1-3-0), who recorded nine shots against Queens (1-1-0). Francisco Espinoza (Brenham, Texas) led Newberry with three shots while Ryan King (Surfside Beach, S.C.) led the team in shots on goal with one.
The first half saw a fairly even battle as each side looked for the match's first goal. Newberry goalkeeper Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) made his presence felt in the ninth minute, stopping a Queens shot for his first save of the match. The teams traded scoring chances and Newberry edged Queens in shots in the first half, seven to five. Espinoza put up two chances in the last ten minutes of the period, but neither ball found the net and the teams went to halftime with a 0-0 tie.
The beginning of the second stanza saw much of the same—both teams looking for weakness in the defense, with each defense holding strong. Ryan King tried to give Newberry its first goal with a shot in the 61st minute but Queens goalkeeper Chris Raines was able to keep it out of the net.
Queens broke the scoreless tie 20 minutes into the second half. A throw-in from D.J. Short found its way past Johnson and into the goal to put the Royals on top, 1-0.
Johnson made five saves in the effort, falling to 1-3 on the season. Despite the loss, Johnson has compiled a respectable goals against average of 1.49 in his first four games. Goalkeeper Pedro Velazquez (Newburgh, N.Y.) entered the game for Newberry with seven minutes left in the match but did not have to make a save.
Newberry's Ben Mottel (North Augusta, S.C.), Scott Busbee (Columbia, S.C.) and Garrison Koplen (Woodstock, Ga.) picked up the three cautions in the match.
Newberry takes a weeklong break from competition before hitting the road to face Clayton State University on Saturday, September 12 at 7 p.m.