TIGERVILLE, SC- The Newberry Wolves men’s soccer team defeated North Greenville University, 1-0. The win over the Crusaders is Newberry's first win of the season.
While Newberry was active on offense, the game was scoreless throughout all of the first half. The Wolves outshot the Crusaders in the first half with Nico Vallejos, Bennett Murphy, and Mario Stojkoski all trying to put the ball in the net. Stojkoski had the Wolves’ first shot (26 minute mark) but the North Greenville goalie saved it. Four minutes later, Vallejos aimed at the goal but the ball went high over the cross bar. At the 36 minute mark, Murphy headed the ball toward the goal but it was high also.
The game was scoreless in the second half until the 87 minute mark when the Wolves put the score of the game in their favor. Before the goal, Murphy was carted off the field with a red card to make the 11 man team drop to 10, but the loss of the player for Newberry did not change anything for the team. Newberry kept on fighting for a goal and finally it happened when Davis Bryan sent the ball into the back of the net for the win with just three minutes left.
Head coach Barry Slagle shared his thoughts on the game, "It is great to get a result on the road and even better to get our first win of the season! I am very proud of the team in the second half, especially with the way they continued to fight after the red card. We now have a short break before we open up with conference play next Wednesday which I am excited for."
For the game, Newberry outshot North Greenville, 9-4. The Wolves had four shots on goal while North Greenville had none.
The Wolves have a week off from play until they host their home opener against conference foe Catawba. The game will start at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.