|November 03, 2009||1st||2nd||Final|
|NEWM||18:33||Tornubari Nyonebue (Francisco Espinoza )|
|WU||37:19||Luke Mulholland (Paul Gallagher )|
|Stats at a Glance||NEWM||WU|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (4)||18 (12)|
WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College men's soccer team headed into the Food Lion SAC Men's Soccer Tournament hoping to extend its 2009 season, but despite an early lead the scarlet and gray fell in the First Round to Wingate, 3-1.
No. 7 Newberry (3-14-2, 2-6 SAC) took the lead in the 19th minute but allowed three goals against No. 2 Wingate (12-3-1, 6-1-1 SAC) for the loss. The scarlet and gray put up 14 shots to Wingate's 18, but the Bulldogs pulled away and will advance to the Food Lion SAC Men's Soccer Tournament Semifinals.
Newberry struck a blow early with a goal from Tornubari Nyonebue (Rivers State, Nigeria) in the match's 19th minute. Nyonebue took a corner kick feed from Francisco Espinoza (Brenham, Texas) and headed the ball past Wingate goalkeeper Joey Calandra to give the scarlet and gray an early 1-0 advantage. The goal marks Nyonebue's third of the season.
Wingate responded soon after, with Luke Mulholland taking a loose ball from Newberry goalkeeper Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) and finding the back of the net in the 29th minute to even the score, 1-1.
Wingate would add another goal before the halftime break. In the 38th minute, Luke Mulholland took a rebound that bounced into the penalty area and sent a shot into the upper corner of the goal to give Wingate the lead going into halftime, 2-1.
Newberry looked to rally in the second frame, but Wingate extended its lead with a goal in the 65th minute. Junior Nyemb shot a ball that found the back corner of the goal and took Wingate's lead to 3-1.
Francisco Espinoza gave Newberry a chance to narrow the gap with a shot in the 73rd minute but Joey Calandra made a save and the game would end with Wingate ahead, 3-1.
Goalkeeper Joel Johnson made nine saves in the contest. His record falls to 3-11-1 with the loss.
Tornubari Nyonebue led Newberry with six shots. Nyonebue, Francisco Espinoza, Colt Priest (Marietta, Ga.) and Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) each had a shot on goal for Newberry.
No. 2 Wingate will face No. 6 Mars Hill in Rock Hill, S.C. on Friday, November 6 at 3 p.m.