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Soccer Loses by Goal in Stormy Game

Soccer Loses by Goal in Stormy Game

By Monica Espitia, Podcast EditorPhoto by Oladipo Olusesi

Under rough, tempestuous conditions, the UNCP men’s soccer team started PBC action with a loss against Georgia Southwestern on the evening of Sept. 13 in Americus, Ga.

After stopping the contest three times for lightning delays, the Hurricanes obtained the 1-0 victory over the Braves.

The winning goal was scored by senior midfielder Cesar Espinosa at the 13: 31 mark with the assist of sophomore midfielder DJ Garrett.

This is the first time in history that the Hurricanes have defeated the Braves. The result also represents the third loss of the season for the Black and Gold, who also came short against Mount Olive College and Wingate University.

Senior midfielder Kevin Vigebo and junior midfielder Branco Theis led the UNCP attack with four shots a piece. Freshman defender Tom Devitt and senior forward Sam Miles also contributed to the offense with three shots each.

During the 90 minutes of action, the Braves took 19 total shots, nine in the first half and 10 in second.

“We created enough chances to win a lot of games today, but all credit to Georgia Southwestern,” head coach Phil Hindson said. “We have to continue to grow and improve.”

On the opposite side of the field, the Hurricanes took a total of eight shots, three from Espinosa and the other five from five different players.

Freshman goalie Kenneth Perkinson had two saves in each half of the game.

Junior Garrett Blamire, from Georgia Southwestern, stopped 11 shots during the 90 minutes he played between the posts.              

Photo by Oladipo Olusesi. Midfielder Tarnue Jallah chases after the ball in a game earlier this season.