|September 24, 2011||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|NEWM||27:09||Stephen Harvey (Kyle Maitland )|
|Stats at a Glance||LU||NEWM|
|Shots (on Goal)||30 (11)||14 (8)|
NEWBERRY - In dramatic fashion Kofi Kufuor's second career goal allowed the Newberry men's soccer team to not only avenge an overtime loss from a season ago, but pull off a 2-1 upset over the No. 9 team in the country in the Lander Bearcats.
Despite being outshot 19-8 in the first half by the Bearcats (4-2-1) the Wolves (4-3-0) took advantage of a mistake by the Bearcats when Kyle Maitland (Columbia, S.C.) took a shot from inside the 18-yard box. The shot from Maitland was deflected toward sophomore Stephen Harvey (Kingston, Jamaica) who scored from a tight angle in the 28th minute.
The Wolves defense remained strong for the rest of the first half as the Bearcats bombarded goalkeeper Joel Johnson (Sangre Grande, Trinidad and Tobago). Johnson was forced to make eight saves in the first half and including one where he was forced to make two on one shot. Off of a set piece a shot was saved by Johnson, but as he fell into the goalpost the ball needed to be knocked away once more as it bounced toward the net.
Lander's Brian Riehl scored in the 61st minute the Bearcats attacked the net. Two Lander players had looks from inside the 18-yard box before the ball skipped to Riehl who slotted a shot into the goal ceiling off the full volley.
The two teams battled for the remainder of the second half as the Wolves defense was forced into a tough situation defending seven corner kicks during the half. Newberry was also forced to remove Johnson from the game for six minutes when he landed in pain trying to save Riehl's shot. Freshman keeper Nicholas Manos (Beaufort, S.C.) saw the field for the first time in his career and was challenged by Lander, but successfully corralled threatening crosses that whipped toward the goal mouth.
After Johnson returned the Wolves and Bearcats remained knotted at 1-1 before the two teams entered the first golden goal overtime period.
Only 32 seconds into the overtime period sophomore Kofi Kufuor (Accra, Ghana) found a loose ball in the 18-yard box at his feet. The Wolves had attacked the Lander backline as they looked to take advantage of tired legs on both sides. In a frenetic attack on goal the ball fell to Kufuor who one-timed a shot into the back of the net past a diving Lander keeper.
The Wolves victory over the Bearcats comes one season after Lander came from behind for a 5-4 overtime victory in Greenwood. The win is the first victory over a nationally ranked team in the collegiate head coaching career of Newberry head coach Barry Slagle.
Newberry looks to take the momentum from its upset victory on the road September 28 for a conference match at Mars Hill.