|September 23, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|WIN||22:35||Mattia Ditommaso (Elliot Cutts )|
|WIN||51:30||Christian Szalay (Jack Wlodyka )|
|Stats at a Glance||WIN||NBY|
|Shots (on Goal)||16 (7)||14 (6)|
NEWBERRY - The Newberry men's soccer team was not able to put away the defending national champions Wingate, dropping the match 2-0.
Both teams were quiet in the first 22 minutes of the half only attempting a combined five shots. The Bulldogs were the first on the board after Elliot Cutts dribbled up midfield and passed to an open Mattia Ditommaso who shot eight yards from the right to put the score at 1-0. The Wolves would not attempt another shot the remainder of the half.
Newberry's dominating defense was able to hold the Bulldogs to just seven shots in the first half. But, the Bulldogs were able to extend their lead in the early moments of the second half. Wingate's Jack Wlodyka saw an open Christian Szalay, who eased his way into the penalty area and managed the second goal of the game.
"I was really proud of our effort and mentality today. Defensively this was our best performance to date. We showed we can go toe to toe with one of the best teams in the country for much of the match, but just lacked a little bit of focus and quality in key areas. Even though we felt we deserved a bit better result, we will take a lot of positives from this performance and be ready for a quick turnaround on Tuesday versus Chowan," stated head coach Bryce Cooper.
Till Neumann tallied six shots on the afternoon, forcing the Indians' goalkeeper to make three saves. In a game that yielded a combined 13 shots on goal, goalkeeper Jacob Williams, making his third career start, played a huge part saving five shots in the match. The Bulldogs edged the Wolves in shots 16-14, but Newberry had a 3-2 advantage in corners.
The Wolves take on Tusculum on Sept. 30 at Smith Road Complex for Family Day. Kickoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.