Soccer (M)

Men's soccer drops two close ones

     The Patriot men’s soccer team (6-4, 2-2 MSC) dropped two tough ones against two Mid-South Conference teams in the last week.

     On Saturday, September 27 the Patriots traveled to Lebanon, Tenn. where they battled MSC foe Cumberland University (4-4, 2-1 MSC). The Bulldogs got on the board first when Josh Armstrong found Elliot Goodwin who found the back of the net off a free kick to give the Bulldogs at 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game. The Patriots, however, would answer in the 15th minute when Bradley Wilson (Lincoln, England) made a cross through the box to Marvin Wesselburg (Essen, Germany) who then found the back of the net from eight yards out to tie it up at one apiece. Defense would take a stand for the rest of the half as both goalkeepers made key saves to keep the game tied 1-1 at halftime.

     The Bulldogs had their chances early in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net. However, in the 57th minute the persistent Bulldogs were able to find the back of the net to reclaim the lead at 2-1. The Patriots had a chance in the 61st minute, but Ashley Woods (Manchester, England) had his shot go wide. Woods wasn’t going to be denied a second time when in the 83rd minute he headed the ball in for a goal off a corner kick from Marvin Wesselburg to tie it up at 2-2. Neither team was able to score again as the game headed into overtime tied at two apiece.

     The Bulldogs had a chance to end it two minutes into overtime, but CJ Powell (Louisville, Ky.) came up with a huge save for the Patriots to keep the game at 2-2. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net at the game would go to a second overtime. Powell continued his strong play as he made two more key saves to keep the game at 2-2. The Bulldogs, however, would not be denied a third time as they scored the game winning goal three minutes into the second overtime to win the game 3-2.

     The Patriot offense was led by Ashley Woods and Marvin Wesselburg who tallied six and three shots respectively. The Patriots had six players tied with one shot on goal. . CJ Powell played 103 minutes in goal, made nine saves while only allowing three goals.

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     The men’s soccer team would return to action last night as they hosted MSC powerhouse and number nine ranked nationally Lindsey Wilson College (6-2-1, 2-0-1 MSC).

     The Patriots Max Bristow (Exeter, England) had a break away in the first minute, but the Blue Raiders’ keeper was able to make the save. The Blue Raiders had numerous opportunities in the first half to take the lead, but CJ Powell and the rest of the Patriots defense stood tall as the game stayed at 0-0. Neither team was able to find the back of the net as the two teams went into halftime scoreless.

     The Patriots had a chance in the 46th minute when Marvin Wesselburg had a corner kick, but was cleared out by the Blue Raiders defense. The Blue Raiders would strike first in the 53rd minute when they had a corner kick that was headed into the back of the net as the Blue Raiders took the lead 1-0. The Patriots had a chance to tie it up when Max Bristow broke away from the Blue Raider defense, but the defender was able to catch up and stop Bristow’s momentum. The Blue Raiders would go ahead 2-0 in the 80th minute when the Blue Raider shot slid in right under the hands of a diving CJ Powell. The Blue Raiders tried to score another goal, but the Patriot defense stood tall as the buzzer sounded and the final was 2-0 in favor of the Blue Raiders.

     The Patriots were led by four players who each tallied a shot apiece. Max Bristow and Joe Jessop (Lincolnshire, England) each tallied one shot on goal. CJ Powell played all 90 minutes in goal for the Patriots. He tallied five saves while allowing only two goals.

     The Patriots will return to action on Saturday when they travel to archrival Georgetown College at 8 PM for an important Mid-South Conference match-up.
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