|August 30, 2012||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|NEWM||59:42||Kofi Kufuor (Adrian Ochoa )|
|Stats at a Glance||GSWM||NEWM|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (1)||18 (9)|
NEWBERRY - The Newberry men's soccer team opened the season in dramatic fashion as sophomore Nick Rembowski scored his first collegiate goal in the 104th minute to send the Wolves to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Georgia Southwestern.
Rembowski (Mooresville, N.C.), a transfer from Point Park, and the Wolves dominated the possession early in the match with the Hurricanes. The possession disparity was visible as the Wolves outshot GSW 10-1 in the opening period and won nine corner kicks.
Despite carrying momentum into the second half after a strong opening half the Wolves were jumped on early by the Hurricanes as Georgia Southwestern opened the scoring nearly ten minutes into the second half.
Georgia Southwestern's Joshua Manga made the most out of his one shot when he beat a Newberry defender and was left one-on-one with Newberry sophomore goalkeeper Nicholas Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.). From just outside the six-yard box Manga placed a curling shot inside the near post past a diving Lucido.
The Wolves' top returning scorer senior Kofi Kufuor (Accra, Ghana) opened his 2012 account nearly five minutes later when in the 60th minute fellow senior Adrian Ochoa (East Point, Ga.) sent a cross over the goal mouth toward a crashing Kufuor. Leaping toward the ball and the goal, Kufuor flicked the ball over GSW goalkeeper Cade Jones and into the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1.
For the next forty minutes, neither team was able to provide much offense as the first overtime saw a single shot as a Hurricane attempt at goal sailed out of bounds. The second overtime didn't last long as Rembowski found the back of the net in the fourth minute of the period.
From just inside the 18-yard box freshman Julian Feneberg (Durach, Germany) placed a hard shot on frame. Jones was unable to make any play on the shot other than to parry it away; it was off the rebound that Rembowski pounced to score his first career goal from two yards outside of the six-yard box.
Rembowski was one of only two Newberry field players to play all 104 minutes against Georgia Southwestern.
Ochoa led all players with five shots, placing two on goal. Feneberg took three shots in his Newberry debut. Lucido earned a victory in his Newberry debut.
The Wolves continue the first week of the 2012 season on Saturday when Newberry travels to Lander for a 1 p.m. match in Greenwood.