|September 06, 2017||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|USCA||12:15||Driss Baraket (Kento Ito )|
|NBY||18:51||Till Neumann (Daniel Reyes )|
|USCA||47:26||Chris Perez (Andre Simmond )|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||USCA|
|Shots (on Goal)||15 (7)||15 (8)|
AIKEN - Thanks to late heroics by freshman midfielder Tobias Henriksen, the Newberry Wolves (0-1-1) ended Wednesday evening’s match at USC Aiken (1-1-1) in a 2-2 draw after 110 minutes.
The Wolves were quiet in the first 13 minutes of the half only attempting one shot that was blocked. The Pacers were the first on the board after Kento Ito dribbled up midfield and passed to an open Driss Baraket who shot 10 yards from the right to put the score at 1-0. Newberry was up for the fight as freshman Till Neumann ran up the middle and launched a goal 10 yards out to make the contest an even slate.
The Pacers would return after the half and take the lead. Assisted by Andre Simmond, Chris Perez received the ball from the corner to take a short shot. With the lead, USC Aiken would be the sole holders of the ball until Newberry came from behind to take control. Henriksen would connect with a throw in from Sterling Wendt and split the defense to make it an even game.
USC Aiken had two good break away attempts but was short for both, while Newberry made a number of steals and were able to keep a consistent tempo. With time dwindling in regulation, both teams made attempts to score to secure the win. With the last shot of the second half Neumann launched the ball to wide to win the game.
In the first and second OT, the teams combined for five shots but were not able to connect with them. A fight for the game brought on 40 fouls between the two teams. Four yellow cards were issued with USC Aiken claiming three of those while the Wolves claimed just one. Neumann ripped off four shots while teammate Fabrizio Bucco recorded three with one of them being on frame. Aside from goalkeeper Brad Dixon, Vojin Manojlovic and Tarek Malz were the only Wolves to play the entire contest. Dixon tallied six saves on the night.
"We felt like we should have won the game tonight, but I was very pleased with our effort and resiliency as we came back twice from a goal down. It was a tough environment tonight as USCA is a very physical and hardworking team, but at the end of the day we just needed to show a bit more composure and quality at key moments and we could have gotten the win. A point on the road is never a bad thing and we'll use it for momentum going into Saturday against a good Francis Marion team," remarked Head Coach Bryce Cooper.
The Wolves travel to take on the Patriots of Francis Marion on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.