|October 31, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|TCM||25:26||Roberto Pimentel (Matias Rubio )|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||TCM|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (2)||21 (13)|
GREENVILLE, Tenn. – Despite posting their highest win total since 2008, the Newberry Wolves men’s soccer team fell just short of a SAC tournament bid dropping a heartbreaking decision to the Tusculum Pioneers 4-1 on Friday night.
Junior Bennett Murphy (Hilton Head, S.C.) scored the lone goal for the Wolves (6-9-2, 3-6-2) late in the first half to tie the game at 1-1. Two second half goals by the Pioneers sunk Newbery’s valiant effort in what was a win or go home matchup.
Senior goalkeeper Nick Lucido (Lakeland, Fla.) stood tall in goal making nine saves on the evening to add to his SAC-leading total. He may not have made a bigger save this season than by stopping a penalty kick just two minutes into the game off an inadvertent handball in the box to give Newberry a chance.
Murhpy led all Newberry players with three shots and freshman Davis Bryan (Dacula, Ga.) had two for Newberry.
Tusculum still got on the board first though as in the 26th minute Matias Rubio hit a shot from 22 yards out into the far right corner of the net.
The Wolves bounced back as Murphy scored his second goal in three games as he got a rebounded shot off the post and had a clever back heel to tie the game in the 40th minute. The goal would put the teams in the break tied 1-1 with the season on the line.
Tusculum got the game winning goal by Andreas Kvam in a one-on-one situation and tucked it away. The Wolves continued to battle facing a 2-1 deficit and began to apply more pressure. Pushed up, Newberry turned the ball over about 40 yards out and Roberto Pimentel got the ball and chipped Lucido to make it 3-1 in the 84th minute. Tusculum got the final goal in the 89th minute from Mason fox to make it 4-1.
A young team but extremely talented team, the Wolves had a five win improvement over last season and the program will continue to build on the foundation laid this season.