|September 13, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|NBY||22:45||Till Neumann (Claus Lehland )|
|COKERM||57:23||Jacob Simonis (Steffen Husum )|
|NBY||63:06||Till Neumann (Vojin Manojlovic )|
|Stats at a Glance||NBY||COKERM|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (11)||18 (16)|
NEWBERRY - The Wolves defeated Coker 4-3 in their conference opener on Wednesday afternoon.
With the Cobras being the sole holder of the ball in the front end of the first half, Newberry took control and were the first on the board. The first goal of the afternoon came from Till Neumann in the 23rd minute. Neumannn was a hard matchup for the Cobras throughout the contest launching nine shots with seven on frame. He lead in the Wolves in scoring recording three of their four goals.
The Wolves were down 3-1 going into halftime but came back with a vengeance in the latter part of the game. After a goal via a corner kick from Cokers' Jacob Simonis assisted by Steffan Husum, Vojin Manojlovic and Neumann connected to make it an even slate. With the opportunity to narrow the lead, Tobias Henriksen scored a free kick at the far post to put the Wolves down by just one. In the 83rd minute of the game, Claus Lehland was issued a red card which put Newberry a man down with just seven minutes left in regulation.
Neumann would seal the deal with a shot from the outside of his foot to secure the 4-3 win for Newberry. "I was really proud of our resilience and grit we showed tonight to come back from 2 goals down on the road in a tough environment really speaks to our character and continued growth," stated head coach Bryce Cooper.
The Wolves and the Cobras were even in shots going 18-18, with Coker having the upper hand connecting for 16. Newberry's overall offensive pressure was relentless in the second half, forcing Cokers' Justin Walker to make seven saves on the afternoon. Sterling Wendt, Manojlovic, and Henriksen each tallied two shots a piece. Due to an injury primary goalie Brad Dixon was sidelined. Freshman Jacob Williams made his debut and recorded five saves in the contest and defended Cokers' three corner kicks.
"We managed the game well, especially in the second half despite Cokers' size, speed and physicality. Quality took over late in the game. We are a little beat up and battered, but we'll have a quick turnaround time before our next matchup," said Cooper.
The Wolves travel to take on the Eagles of Carson-Newman on Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.