Soccer has tough loss, close win
By Dan Kelly
The UNCP Men’s Soccer team has split its last two games, both against Peach Belt Conference opponents, with a road loss to Lander University 3-2 and a previous home win against Francis Marion University 1-0.
The win and loss left the Braves with a 7-6-1 overall and 4-2 conference record, which is currently good enough for third place in the PBC.
Against Lander, the Braves were beaten in double overtime with a goal from the Bearcats’ Nick Cooke in the 104th minute that gave him a hat trick for the game.
Braves’ forward Thomas Morrow forced the match into overtime with a goal in the 90th minute to tie the game at 2-2.
UNCP first scored in the 37th minute with a goal from midfielder Max Aust in the 36th minute.
They were unable to hold the lead as Cooke scored in the 77th and 83 minutes.
In the earlier match against Francis Marion, the Braves barely escaped overtime with a goal by UNCP substitute Dominik Rometsch with only five seconds of play remaining.
The goal was the culmination of what had been a frustrating day of missed scoring chances for the Braves. The team had only that single goal to show for its 18 total shots on goal.
“(It was) one of those games where we could not finish the play,” said Head Coach Mike Schaeffer.
Halftime was the turning point in the game as 14 of those 18 shots on goal came in the second half.
“In the second half we came out and played, in the first half we didn’t,” Schaeffer said.
Rometsch alone had six shots on goal while the Patriots were held to three.
Schaeffer also noted the increase in play up the flanks and crossing balls as reasons for the amount of scoring chances.