The SCC soccer team took on Spalding University on Thursday, Septbember 20th and the game was tight, exciting, and full of drama. Spalding pushed early and held the ball in the SCC half for a good part of the first 20 minutes. However, SCC fought back to push into Spalding territory and got some looks at goal. In the 25th minute, Will Meza scored off a cross from Nick Ho to put the Patriots up 1-0. Both teams would work hard to score but both defenses held through to halftime.
In the second half, Spalding came out pressing hard to even the score up. The SCC defense held strong and in the 78th minute, a through ball from Evan Harlow found Travis Lyons in the Spalding box. Travis put it away for the 2-0 SCC lead. In the 85th minute, Spalding struck back with a goal off a broken play in the box and the momentum turned. Trailing 2-1 Spalding put everything into the attack and took advantage of another SCC mistake and tied the score in the 88th minute. It looked like overtime was certain, but in the 90th minute, just into stoppage time, a handball in the SCC box resulted in a Spalding penalty kick. SCC goalkeeper Will Johnston made a great effort to save the shot, but it slipped past for the game winner and the final: Spalding 3 - SCC 2.
With the loss, the Patriots fall to 2-5 on the season and play next on Saturday at 1pm against Southern State here at home.