|September 23, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|LMUM||52:04||Jimmy Vandenhurk (Renato Segalla )|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||LMUM|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (2)||12 (3)|
HARROGATE, Tenn. - The Newberry College men's soccer team wanted to start the South Atlantic Conference portion of its schedule on the right foot, but Lincoln Memorial University had other ideas and the scarlet and gray fell in a close match, 1-0.
Newberry (1-6-1, 0-1 SAC) almost matched Lincoln Memorial (5-2-0, 2-0 SAC) statistically, offering 10 shots to the Railsplitters' 12 and putting two shots on goal to Lincoln Memorial's three. Eight different Newberry players recorded a shot.
Lincoln Memorial took advantage of a goal soon after halftime, scoring in the 53rd minute and never allowing Newberry to find the back of the net. Renatto Segalla sent in a cross for Jimmy Vandenhurk, who headed the ball into the goal, putting the Railsplitters up 1-0 and giving Lincoln Memorial the only score it would need and .
Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) tested Lincoln Memorial first, firing a shot on goal in the 20th minute. Lincoln Memorial goalkeeper Michael Watkins made the save, however, and the match remained scoreless. Newberry did not register a shot on goal for the rest of the half but Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) made two saves in the stanza to keep Lincoln Memorial from taking a lead as well. The teams entered the halftime break tied, 0-0.
Newberry had one more chance in the second half at tying the match. Francisco Espinoza (Brenham, Texas) took a shot in the 54th minute that could have pulled the scarlet and gray even, but Watkins kept the ball out of the net and went on to earn the shutout.
Tornubari Nyonebue (Rivers State, Nigeria) and Marvin Torvic (French Guiana) led Newberry in shots with two each. Joel Johnson's record moves to 1-6-1 with the loss.
Newberry will look for its first SAC win of the season on Saturday, September 26 when the team faces off against Mars Hill College on the road. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.