Soccer (M)

Men's soccer drops a 2-1 decision at KCU

Friday, August 29 - The SCC men's soccer team started the season off with a well played, but disappointing loss at Kentucky Christian on Friday. SCC took the field at 6pm, shortly after the SCC women had defeated KCU. The Patriots came out strong and pushed the ball into the KCU half. KCU battled back and the game quickly became and end to end battle. SCC struck first with a low cross from Will Meza that was deflected into the goal by a KCU defender. Several minutes later, KCU evened the score with a soft header from about 18 yards out the barely made it over the outstretched hands of onrushing SCC Keeper, Will "Colonel" Johnston and dribbled into the goal. SCC freshman forward Orest Arendacz had two excellent chances before the end of the half, hitting the post on one, and then actually hitting both goalposts off of one free kick. The halftime score would remain knotted at 1-1.

The second half saw SCC take control of the game while KCU began to play a much more physically aggressive style. With around 20 minutes remaining, a series of controversial and questionable calls by the officials would utimately decide the outcome of the game. SCC midfielder Don Russell was hit in the head from behind on consecutive header attempts, and finally after a third offense, the referee called the foul and issued a caution to a KCU player. Shortly thereafter, in a crowded box, SCC headed a ball over the Goalkeeper to take a 2-1 lead. It was not to be, however, as the referee disallowed the goal and stating that the Knights Goalkeeper had been fouled on the play. The call was controversial as the offending player was a fellow Knight, and an illegal restart by KCU after the call was allowed by the referee. Less than three minutes later, another controversial pushing call by the referee resulted in a Penalty Kick for KCU. The Knights scored on the penalty, effectively turning a 2-1 lead for SCC into a 2-1 lead for KCU.

SCC had several more chances to even the game in the last 13 minutes but could not come up with a goal. SCC outshot KCU 23-15 for the game but lost a heartbreaker by the same 2-1 score. The Patriots next play on Monday, September 1st at Cumberland University (TN) and then open at home on Tuesday, September 2nd agains Freed Hardeman.

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