Rain, AU Falls in Double-Overtime Loss to CokerSeptember 21, 2013
ANDERSON, S.C. – As the rain poured throughout the 109 minutes of action, the No. 19 ranked Anderson University men’s soccer team lost a heartbreaker to South Atlantic Conference newcomer Coker 2-1 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Trojan Stadium.
The narrow setback gives the Trojans its first loss of the season as they moved to 4-1-1 overall and 1-1-0 in SAC play. With the victory, the Cobras moved to 2-1-2 and 1-0-1 within the conference.
After a scoreless first half, AU was whistled for a foul within its own box and Coker was awarded a penalty kick early into the second half. With the golden opportunity, Stephen Scrivens beat AU goalkeeper Bo Haug and Coker took the 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.
With the rain continuing the fall, the Trojans found its equalizer in the 63rd minute when freshman Aaron Roberson fired in a shot that was stopped by Coker goalkeeper Kyndle Cobb. Cobb was unable to hold onto the ball and redshirt sophomore Andre Carle knocked home Anderson’s first goal of the match over Cobb’s reach. For Carle, the goal increases his team-lead in the category to five.
The teams were unable to decide a winner for the rest of regulation and first overtime period, as the field was completely covered in mud. In what looked to be a draw, Coker got one final chance, as the Cobras were awarded a corner kick. Jordan Snell was able to loft to the back post where he found Scrivens. The midfielder was able to slide a shot past Haug for the golden goal and his second tally of the match.
For the match, the shots category was even at 12-12, but just four Cobra shots were on goal as Haug recorded two saves for the match. The Trojans totaled five shots on goal as Carle and redshirt sophomore Lars Zimmerman each had two apiece.
“I thought the first half was decent and we had a grip of the game,” head coach John Murphy said. “We are still a young and new team so we have to learn from our mistakes and tighten up quickly as we head into the heart of our conference schedule.”
Anderson returns to its SAC schedule on Wednesday, Sept. 25 as it heads to Queens for its first matchup as members of the South Atlantic Conference. Kickoff from the Queen City is slated for 5 p.m.