|October 09, 2010||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FMU||NEWM|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (6)||16 (8)|
NEWBERRY - Newberry College freshman Stephen Harvey (Apopka, Fla.) punched in an early second half goal for the Wolves but it was too little to late as Francis Marion University held on to a 2-1 lead to take down the scarlet and gray.
Newberry (1-8-2) fell behind 2-0 to end the first half before Harvey's unassisted strike from 10 yards out put the Wolves within one of tying things up in the 53rd minute.
But the Wolves failed to break the Francis Marion (4-6-1) defense and convert one of their nine second half shots into a goal.
“Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes, I can't say it enough,” said Newberry head coach Sam Okpodu. “We just committed too many fouls. After the first two mistakes we made early, we battled. But when you give up easy fouls you lose games and we didn't make a very smart decision in the box today.”
Francis Marion put in its second goal of the game on a penalty kick after a foul was called on Newberry defender Stephen Bass (Fayetteville, Ga.) for tripping up Patriot forward Ivan Juric (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) in the penalty area. Newberry was also whistled for 14 fouls compared to the Patriots' five.
Shane McConlogue (Albemarle, N.C.) put in the first goal for the Patriots in the fourth minute from 20 yards away that slipped through goalie Joel Johnson's (Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago) gloves for the early Francis Marion lead.
The Wolves outshot the Patriots 16-9 and were led by sophomore Adrian Ochoa's (East Point, Ga.) four shots, two of which were on goal. Harvey was right behind with three shots and one on target.
Patrick Sweatt (Indian Land, S.C.) replaced Johnson in the goal, playing the second half and saving three Francis Marion shots. Patriot goalie Clark Richeson (Mansfield, Texas) played the full 90 minutes for Francis Marion, saving seven.
“We have to learn from our mistakes,” added Okpodu. “We need to keep digging and stop making excuses. We're going to try and grind it out these last five matches and land a spot in the conference tournament.”
Newberry currently holds a 0-3-1 record in the South Atlantic Conference with all five of its remaining games coming against league opponents.
The first one up will be this Wednesday, October 13, as the Wolves take on Catawba at 7 p.m. in Salisbury, N.C.