COLUMBUS, Miss. - The MUW men's soccer team was unable to step away from Sunday's match with a win, falling 5-2 to Itawamba Community College at Sprint Mart Field. The Owls put up a great effort against the Indians but several missed opportunities and fouls proved to be The W's downfall.
At the 25 minute mark, the Owls were able to reach the scoreboard before their opponent for the first time this season. Courtland Moore, junior midfielder, battled at the goal with an Itawamba defender. The Olive Branch, Miss. native won the struggle to score an Owl goal.
The Indians did not allow the goal to go unanswered. Three minutes later, the Owls committed an unintentional foul near their own goal. After the foul, an Itawamba midfielder was rewarded with a goal off a free kick.
No other goal was scored before the buzzer sounded to end the second half. The two teams entered the second part of the game tied, 1-1.
After the whistled blowed to begin the second half, The W was able to get some good touches near the Indian goal. Unfortunately, the Owls were unable to capitalize on those opportunities and Itawamba steered the ball away from them.
The Indians would go on to score four more goals before the end of the game to hold a 5-1 lead over the Owls.
With the three minutes left in the game, Josh Martin, freshman forward, ran the ball down 15 yards to fake a kick right to shift and score a goal left of Itawamba goalkeeper Brandon White.
Owls goalkeeper Selvin Lopez played his first complete game of the season. The Memphis, Tenn. native saved 11 goals for a career high.
Offensively, Moore and Martin not only scored a goal each, but the also collected two shots on goal to lead The W.
The Owls will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 3 when they travel to face Hendrix College. Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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