Flames Run Win Streak to Four with 3-2 OT Win
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Liberty Flames extended their winning streak to four, downing the VMI Keydets, 3-2, in overtime in a Big South men's soccer match, Tuesday afternoon at Patchin Field.
Midfielder Johnny Torres headed the ball into the right corner of the net at 93:57, off a crossing pass to the left post from forward Travis Joseph, sending the Flames to the victory. The golden goal was the first marker of the season for Torres.
Joseph also scored his first goal of the season and assisted on a goal by Kyle Breitmeyer during the contest.
Liberty moves to 4-1 in Big South play and 6-6 overall. VMI falls to 0-6-1 in conference action and 1-11-1 overall. Four of the last five meetings between the two Big South rivals have gone to overtime.
Visiting Liberty jumped out to an early 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the contest. Joseph took a long pass from defender Uriah Bentick on the right side of the field and fed the ball into the center of the 18-yard box for Breitmeyer. The forward took one dribble to the left and blasted an attempt into the lower left corner of the net for his sixth goal of the year at the 1:37 mark.
The advantage was short-lived. During the fifth minute, VMI midfielder Matt Seinfeld moved into open space at the left side of the box and sent a shot off the near post. Seinfeld controlled the rebound and scored his second goal of the year, tying the contest at 1-1.
Liberty controlled ball possession over the next six minutes. After a header of a crossing pass into the box by midfielder Blessing Tahuona during the seventh minute just sailed over the crossbar, Joseph gave the Flames a lead in the 12th minute. The senior forward stripped a defender near midfield and moved forward, ripping a shot from 20 yards out into the far side corner of the net for his first goal of the season and a 2-1 Flames lead.
A jumping save by Keydet goalkeeper Daniel Kitchen during the 24th minute kept the home team within one goal. Off a corner kick, Bentick fired a rising shot, which Kitchen extended out and popped over the goal to prevent Liberty from adding to its edge.
VMI countered in transition during the 35th minute. Midfielder Blake McCauley headed a lofted pass towards the left post, wide of the goal.
Liberty closed the half with a shot by midfielder Juan Niño during the 41st minute. Taking a feed into the center of the box, Niño pushed a shot over the net.
The Flames held a 10-4 advantage in shots and a 3-1 edge in corners during the opening 45 minutes of play.
After Breitmeyer pushed a shot attempt wide during the opening moments of the second half, Liberty goalkeeper Scott Sutarik was called upon to make a diving save on a Keydet attempt in the 48th minute. Forward Chase Barnett beat a Liberty defender to a goal kick and moved down the right side of the field, firing a shot from 20 yards out. Sutarik dove out and knocked the attempt away with his hand.
VMI knotted the game at 2-2 during the 52nd minute. McCauley netted his second goal of the year, scoring on a loose ball, which deflected off a Flames defender.
During the 66th minute, Liberty midfielder Sachem Wilson worked his way through several Keydet defenders for a shot from the top of the penalty area, forcing a save by VMI keeper Kitchen.
Two minutes later, Torres beat a defender and ripped a shot from 20 yards out, which Kitchen deflected over the goal for a save.
Liberty continued its pressure on the Keydet defense. During the 72nd minute, Torres moved into open space and ripped a shot from 20 yards out. Once again, Kitchen was there to make the stop.
Less than two minutes later, the Flames found space for Breitmeyer to launch a shot. However, his attempt was also corralled by Kitchen.
After a corner kick during the 86th minute, Breitmeyer put a shot from the left side of the box off the near post.
Regulation closed with Liberty sending a crossing pass into the center of the 18-yard box. But defender Sam Duininck's header sailed just outside the right post, sending the contest to overtime.
In overtime, the Keydets got a free kick from 25 yards out during the 92nd minute, which the Flames cleared and moved up the field, pushing into the 18-yard box to set up the game-winner.
Liberty outshot VMI, 21-13, in the contest and held an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Sutarik recorded three saves, while playing the entire contest for the Flames. Kitchen made eight stops for VMI in the match.
Liberty next travels to Rock Hill, S.C., for a Big South match against the Winthrop Eagles, Saturday. Match time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
VMI will visit UNC Asheville for a conference contest on Saturday. Match time is slated for noon.
GWU Men's Soccer Overmatched in Road Loss at Clemson on Tuesday Night
Clemson, S.C. - Playing without four starters due to injuries and a red card suspension from the previous contest, including two of its top two goal scorers on the season, as well as its starting goalkeeper, the Gardner-Webb men's soccer team was overmatched by Clemson on Tuesday night, as the Tigers defeated GWU 5-0 behind Austin Savage's hat trick in non-conference action at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C.
Gardner-Webb falls to 3-10-1 overall and 1-8 in non-conference play this season with the loss, while with the win Clemson improves to 5-7-2 overall on the year.
The loss puts the Runnin' Bulldogs at 1-10-0 all-time versus the Clemson Tigers on the pitch.
The Tigers pounced on the Runnin' Bulldogs right out of the gate, as Clemson's Savage put the home team on top at 1-0 in the very first minute of play and then doubled the Tigers' lead with his second goal of the match in the sixth minute of the opening half.
The goals were Savage's fifth and sixth of the season.
GWU looked to regroup and get back into the contest, as freshman Craig Swaby fired off the Runnin' Bulldogs' first shot of the match in the ninth minute, only to have it blocked by a Clemson defender.
Clemson continued to use its speed and physicality to try to wear down the Runnin' Bulldogs, as over the next 20 minutes the Tigers were called for four fouls and two offsides.
After Gardner-Webb looked to score on a Marius Hammersmark corner kick in the 27th minute, which is how the Runnin' Bulldogs have scored its last three goals on the year, Clemson's Savage struck again with his third goal of the game in the 31st minute of play to put the Tigers on top 3-0.
Over the final 15 minutes of the opening half, the Tigers outshot Gardner-Webb 3-0, which forced senior goalkeeper Jaap Elekan to make two stops, one in the 42nd minute and another in the 43rd minute, to keep the home team from extending its lead heading into the halftime break.
The Tigers registered eight shots compared to the Runnin' Bulldogs' one over the first 45 minutes and controlled possession and the style of play for the majority of the first half.
Clemson's first shot of the second half would find the back of the net once more, as Ara Amirkhanian recorded his third goal of the season in the 48th minute to put the home team on top 4-0.
Amirkhanian would add another goal in the 58th minute, this time with an assist from Savage, to put the Tigers on top 5-0 with just over 30 minutes to play in the match.
Gardner-Webb's Elekan would make three more saves in goal, while the Runnin' Bulldogs' defense would block two more Clemson shots over the final 30 minutes of play as the Tigers outshot GWU 7-1 during that time span.
The one shot would come of the foot of sophomore midfielder Kevin Comvalius, who accounted for the Runnin' Bulldogs' first shot of the second half in the 90th minute, which was stopped by Clemson goalkeeper Chris Glodack.
Clemson outshot Gardner-Webb 19-2 for the match, including placing 11 shots on frame compared to the Runnin' Bulldogs' one. The Tigers also held an advantage in corner kicks (8-3), fouls (13-12) and in offsides (4-3).
Elekan recorded six saves on the night, as he faced 19 shots overall in his first start of the season.
Clemson's Glodack earned the win, posting one save, to improve to 4-1-0 on the year.
The loss drops Gardner-Webb to 0-3 on the year versus the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with losses at No. 1 North Carolina (8/25), at N.C. State (9/25) and at Clemson (10/16).
Gardner-Webb will jump back into conference play on Saturday night, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will host No. 12 Coastal Carolina at 7 p.m. in Boiling Springs, N.C. Clemson will host San Diego State on Friday night, October 19th, at 7 p.m.
Duke Edges Blue Hose, 2-0
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's soccer team dropped a non-conference road battle to the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday night, 2-0.
PC (3-12-0) stood tied with Duke (5-6-1) in a scoreless deadlock at halftime before the Blue Devils broke through with two goals in the second half.
Duke used an own goal in the 58th minute and an Alex Sauciuc 84th minute goal to take the match.
PC goalkeeper Tyler Beadle (Douglasville, Ga.) made eight saves on the night. Tanner Osborne (Lexington, S.C.) entered the game in the last 5:23 in relief.
Ignacio Monchetti (Montevideo, Uruguay) led PC with three shots in the tilt. Byron Quinatoa (Santos Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador), Greg White (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Monchetti each tallied one shot on goal as well.
The Blue Devils broke through in the 58th minute. Duke slipped past the PC defense without an offside flag and a forward launched a cross into the box. A PC defender stopped the chance, but the ball appeared to roll over the goal line and Duke had its first goal, 1-0.
Duke added its second goal on a corner kick late in the contest. Sauciuc finished the chance from Sebastien Ibeagha and Sean Davis to seal the result.
The Blue Hose came out strong, matching the home side in shots on goal for most of the first half on chances from Quinatoa and Monchetti.
Monchetti gave PC one of its best scoring chances of the match in the 26th minute as the sophomore launched a hard shot outside of the goal box that cleared the crossbar by just a few inches.
Beadle made four saves in the first half, including a diving stop on a sliding shot from Matt Slotnick on a cross into the box.
PC returns to Big South Conference play on Saturday with a road trip to Campbell. The match is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.