|October 02, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|TCM||18:28||Petr Buzyan (Andres Jarquin )|
|TCM||55:57||Horton McKinney (Andres Jarquin )|
|Stats at a Glance||TCM||NEWM|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (9)||26 (10)|
NEWBERRY - The Newberry College men's soccer team found itself on the wrong end of an offensive shootout as they dropped a 3-2 game to South Atlantic Conference foe Tusculum.
The Pioneers struck first on a Petr Buzyan (Mars Hill, N.C.) shot off a free kick by teammate Andres Jarquin (Guatemala City, Guatemala) that found the back of the net in the 18th minute to give the Pioneers (2-4-3, 1-2 SAC) an early 1-0 lead.
Not to be outdone, Newberry (1-6, 0-2-1 SAC) freshman Dylan Guice (Charleston, S.C.) sent in his first career goal for the Wolves off of his own rebound to keep the game even at 1-1 just before the half.
Keeping the momentum going, freshman forward Joao Delgado (Atlanta, Ga.) threaded a ball through a crowded penalty area to put the Wolves up, 2-1, in the 46th minute. The goal was Delgado's second of the year.
But in the 56th minute, Jarquin connected with the right foot of teammate Horton McKinney (Johnson City, Tenn.) on one of Tusculum's five corner kicks on the day to put the Pioneers back in the game.
Javier Portillo then put the icing on the cake for Tusculum as he caught Newberry goalie Patrick Sweatt (Indian Land, S.C.) out of position and put in the game winner for the Pioneers.
“The defensive mistakes need to be corrected,” said Newberry head coach Sam Okpodu. “Our set pieces need to do a much better job of holding their position. Two of their three goals today came on free kick situations.”
Newberry took a total of 18 shots in the first period alone, six of those coming from Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) in the first 26 minutes of the game. The Wolves were kept quiet in the second half, however, getting off just six shots. The Pioneers were alloted just 15 shots by the Wolves defense.
“The goalkeeper was huge for them,” said Okpodu of Tusculum goalie Andy Goellner (Denver, Colo.). “We had three opportunities to put balls in and he did a great job of stopping them all. Other than not getting the win, our boys came out and played as hard as they could.”
Goellner played the full 90 minutes for the Pioneers in front of the goal, racking up eight saves. Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) picked up the start in goal for the for the Wolves, playing the entire first half and saving three while Sweatt played the second half and saved two.
Newberry will be back on the road this Wednesday, Oct. 6, as they take on Wingate at 7 p.m. in Wingate, N.C.