Sat, Nov. 19, 2011 - [Men's Soccer]
Central, SC - The Soccer Lions won their first NCCAA Regional Semi Final match in the program's history, when they downed rival (RV)Southern Wesleyan University by the score of 2-0. This win puts the Lions in the NCCAA Regional Final match against Palm Beach Atlantic University.
The Soccer Lions got on the board first midway through the first half, when Andres Mora (Mt. Airy, GA) dribbled past a warrior defender and passed the ball to Scott Purdue (London, England) who turned his defender and nicely tucked away his shot into the bottom corner to take the score to 1-0. The Lions held off the SWU attack and kept the lead going into halftime.
The second half saw both teams fighting for tournament survival. The Lions were able to add an insurance goal in the 85th minute. Paul Bates (Conyers, GA) passed a ball to Andres Mora who beat his defender on the dribble and unleashed a rocket from 25 yards out that the Warrior net minder could not deal with. This was Mora's ninth goal of the season, second highest on the team. This insurance goal was all the Lions needed to secure their spot in the NCCAA Regional Finals.
Anel Lilic (Sarajevo, Bosnia) and defense of Ivan Garcia (Winder, GA), Eddie Green (Birmingham, England), Edward Ameyaw (Accra, Ghana), and Reegan Emslie (Toowoomba, Australia) kept things tight in the back and earned 6th clean sheat of the season.
"I believe this is the first time EC has ever beaten SWU in the history of the program. It feels really good to accomplish this at their place, while they are receiving votes to be ranked, and with play-off implications! I'm very proud of the guys for their performance tonight. It was a gutsy and gritty type game, that needed a result to get us closer to our goal, commented Head Coach Scott Borchers.
The Soccer Lions will next travel back to Southern Wesleyan to face Palm Beach Atlantic University in the NCCAA Regional Final on Saturday, November 19. Kickoff is slated for 4:30PM. The winner of the finals will go on to NCCAA National Tournament hosted in Kissimmee, Florida.