Braves down Falcons in overtime win
By Brandon Hardison Circulation Manager
September 26, 2013
|Photo by Sara Owen
Black and Gold sophomore midfielder Adam Smith holds off a defender.
The UNCP Braves men’s soccer team is rolling this season as they entered their Peach Belt Conference matchup against Montevallo 4-1overall and 1-0 in the conference as they looked to improve that record on Sept. 21 on the road.
It was a hard fought game but the Braves pulled out a tough win in overtime as they won the game 1-0 and went to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
It didn’t take long into overtime before the Braves would finally score the first and only goal of the game.
A little over three minutes in overtime, the Braves managed to get a shot past Falcon goalkeeper Brendan Ledgeway that led to their victory.
The shot came from UNCP midfielder Sam Miles at the 93:11 minute, and he was unassisted on the shot.
The first half was scoreless but it wasn’t without any excitement as there were plenty of shots taken in the half. Montevallo outshot the Braves as they took four shots at the goal and three from the corner. The Braves had three attempts at the goal along with two corner kicks.
Shots for the Braves came from Rico Laitinen who had one blocked. The other two shots came from Reece Rooney and Adam Smith. Both were saved by Ledgeway. UNCP goalie Ryan Hanson had a save in the half.
The other shot attempts taken by Montevallo were either blocked or sailed high of the goal.
That was the extent of the first half action aside from the yellow that was given to Montevallo player Kyle Stuller at 25:50.
The second half had even more action than the first half did, even though it remained scoreless, which was hard to believe after the shot attempts taken by Montevallo. Montevallo had a significant number of shots over the Braves, taking 14 shots on goal including four corner kicks to the Braves five shots on goal and five corner kicks.
The shots from the Braves for this half came from a variety of players including Rooney, whose shot went wide, and Jeff MacDonald, whose shot went high. The other three attempts came from Miles, James Casserly and Payne Clark.They each had one saved by Ledgeway.
Hanson had only three saves in the second half, even though Montevallo took way more than three shots. The majority of the other shot attempts by Montevallo were wide, but some were either too high or blocked.
The second half also got pretty rough as three yellow cards were given out in the half. The Braves received two of those yellow cards, and the other went Montevallo player Gary O’Neill at 76:34.
The first yellow card for UNCP was given to Daniel Bougt at 57:13, and the second one went to MacDonald at the 76:34 minute.
That concluded the second half play, and with the game still scoreless it headed into the Braves first overtime game of the season.
After an extremely competitive and hard fought game, the Braves come out on top and stayed perfect in PBC play. The Braves team will look too continue extending their win streak on Sept. 28 at 5 p.m. as they travel to Clayton State.
Last season, the Braves also opened the year 5-1 before finishing out the year 12-5-2 with an appearance in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The Braves still have to face off with three ranked opponents in PBC play as Flagler, ranked 21st, will come to the Varsity Grounds on Oct. 5; Lander, ranked 18th, will come to play in Pembroke on Oct. 9; and Young Harris, ranked 15th, will host UNCP on Oct. 26.