Cardenas' 90th Minute Strike Lifts Campbell over Longwood, 1-0
FARMVILLE, VA. -- Mitchell Cardenas scored in the final minute of regulation to lead Campbell to a 1-0 victory Wednesday evening at Longwood.
Ethan Hall registered his fourth shutout of the year and the Camels (5-2-1, 1-1-0 Big South) held the Lancers (2-7-1, 2-5-1) without a shot on target all night.
The strike with only 33 seconds to play ran Cardenas' string to six-straight Campbell goals on which he has either scored or assisted. He has at least one point in 7 of Campbell's 8 matches this year.
Cardenas' third goal of the year moved him within one point of 21st place on the all-time Campbell men's soccer scoring charts. The senior midfielder from Mexico City has 60 points on 17 goals and 26 assists, just behind John Reed, who tallied 61 points on 22 goals and 17 assists from 1981-84.
Ben Iiames nearly provided the Camels with an early lead in the 19th minute when his shot beat Longwood keeper Paul Hegedus, but hit the post.
The Camels held a 4-0 advantage in shots during the first half that saw Longwood whistled for 10 fouls.
Longwood was unable to get off a shot until the 55th minute when Mike Durr's attempt missed wide of the right post.
After Vinnie Llana's attempt was blocked in the 65th minute, the Camels held Longwood without a shot the final 25:50 of play.
In the first-ever men's soccer meeting between the Camels and the Big South's newest member, Campbell finished with a 9-2 edge in shots on the night and improved to 3-2-1 on the road this season.
Campbell concludes its four-match road stretch Saturday with a 4:00 p.m. kick-off at VMI.
Longwood's next match is slated for Saturday, Sept. 29 at it travels to George Washington for a 1:00pm match.
Presbyterian College Men's Soccer Downs Georgia Southern, 3-2
CLINTON, S.C. - The Presbyterian College men's soccer team used two unanswered goals to end non-conference play on a high note Wednesday night, knocking off visiting Georgia Southern by a 3-2 margin.
PC improves to 2-7-0 on the season while Georgia Southern moves to 2-7-0 as well.
The Blue Hose rallied from a 2-1 deficit early in the second half, taking advantage of a Nico Fazio (Roswell, Ga.) score in the 64th minute and an Eagles own goal to take the win.
Ignacio Monchetti (Montevideo, Uruguay) opened the scoring in the 15th minute. The sophomore bent a free kick from a yard outside the goal box into the far side of the net, putting PC ahead. Monchetti notched his team-leading second goal of the season on the play.
Georgia Southern evened the score in the 37th minute as Reed Norton played a pass up to David Vargas Masis, who chipped a shot high to tie the game, 1-1.
The Eagles went ahead nearly 14 minutes after halftime. An Emmanuel Raji cross found Hunter Norton a few feet away from the net, but goalkeeper Tyler Beadle (Douglasville, Ga.) stopped the immediate point-blank shot. The ball bounced to Chase Park, however, who put the chance away to give Georgia Southern their first and only lead, 2-1.
Beadle stopped a pair of shots in each half for four saves on the night.
The Blue Hose caught the Eagles on Fazio's goal. Matt Manter (Irmo, S.C.) sent a ball down the line for Byron Quinatoa (Santos Domingos de los Colorados, Ecuador) in the Georgia Southern end. Quinatoa lofted a cross that eventually found the feet of Fazio, who laced a high shot into the left corner to bring the score to 2-2. Manter's assist gave the freshman his first collegiate point.
PC continued to push the attack, matching the Eagles' five shots in the second half. The pressure broke through in the 80th minute as the Blue Hose created an opportunity that led to an own goal. Goalkeeper Neal Bates came out to collect a contested ball, and Quinatoa jarred the ball loose. In the ensuing scrum, defender Ciaran Fairman attempted a clear that bounced backward and into the net to give PC the final goal it would need, 3-2.
The Blue Hose return to action on Saturday, resuming Big South Conference play at No. 17 Coastal Carolina. The opening whistle is slated for 3:30 p.m.
UNC Asheville Men's Soccer Loses at Mercer, 4-0
MACON, Ga. - Mercer scored two goals in each half to defeat UNC Asheville in men's college soccer action Wednesday night at Bears Field.
The Bulldogs (1-8-0) lost their eighth straight match. Ashani Samuels scored twice to lead the Bears to the victory as Mercer improves its record to 5-3-1.
The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 at halftime as Mercer scored twice in the first 17 minutes of the match to lead 2-0. Asheville had the better of play early in the second half but could not get a ball into the back of the net.
Mercer out-shot Asheville 19-8. The shots were 10-2 in the opening half before the Bulldogs rebounded in the second half to get six shots on goal.
Rob May, Trey Hemphill and Andrew Sotak had two shots each for the Bulldogs.
UNC Asheville returns home on Saturday to host Big South Conference foe Winthrop at Greenwood Field starting at Noon.